Las Vegas Shooter's Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List

Las Vegas Shooter's Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List”

The father of the man suspected of carrying out the Las Vegas mass shooting was arrested in OR in 1978 after appearing on the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives list.

On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people on the Las Vegas strip after firing into a crowd who were watching a country music festival. A motive for the crime has not been released by authorities.

Eric Paddock, the brother of Stephen and son of Benjamin, told reporters on Monday that the brothers didn't know their father growing up.

Paddock was convicted of automobile larceny and bank robbery, the poster said. According to the New York Daily News, Patrick Benjamin Paddock was arrested early in 1961 for robbing a bank in Phoenix in 1960 (he allegedly robbed other banks but was not charged with those offenses) while living in Tucson with his four children. Police say Ericksen is long gone by now but some wonder if the actions of the father inspired Stephen Paddock to commit mass murder.

"The agency reported he is an avid bridge player and smokes both cigars and cigarettes".

The bureau's poster on Benjamin said he had committed armed robberies, had "suicidal tendencies", and "should be considered armed and very unsafe". He went by nicknames including "Chromedome", "Big Daddy", and "Old Baldy". A description of his auto had been given to police following one of his robberies which is what lead cops to Las Vegas.

A 1969 Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted poster shows a balding, sunken-eyed Paddock with the following warning: "Paddock, a diagnosed psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies".

The FBI lists Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as on the FBI's most wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977.

According to the Register-Guard, Paddock was paroled in 1979 and eventually returned to Oregon.

Paddock died in 1998.

Newsweek could not immediately verify the reported claim by Eric Paddock.

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