Las Vegas gunman may have planned to attack Lorde concert first

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While the 64-year-old gunman responsible for the deadly mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas appeared to have no criminal history, his father was a convicted bank robber who tried to run down an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in Las Vegas in 1960.

The source said Paddock may have lost his nerve or simply changed his plans, deciding to target the Route 91 Harvest Festival instead.

Eric Paddock, Stephen Paddock's brother, said the family was estranged from Benjamin Paddock after Eric's birth, and Benjamin Paddock is now dead. According to NBC, Benjamin was first arrested in Las Vegas the late 1960s after stealing $25,000 from three Arizona banks.

Gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, the oldest of four children, was 7 when his father was arrested for bank robbery.

In total, 59 were killed and more than 500 injured, making it the worst mass shooting in American history. Newsweek reports that he broke out of a Texas prison on December 24, 1968.

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One officer in charge of the FBI Phoenix office said Benjamin Paddock was "a glib, smooth-talking man who is egotistical and arrogant", the Daily Citizen reported. (Most likely, the gunman who carried out Sunday night's attack was among them.) According to a newspaper account, the family's neighbors said they couldn't believe that Paddock-who was known as a "hot rod racer who keeps his head shaved so he resembles Yul Brynner"-"was involved in crime". When the bank robber tried to run one of them over with his vehicle, the agent fired at his windshield. The elder Paddock was removed from the most-wanted list in 1977 and captured in Springfield, Oregon, in 1978. Eric believes their mother was the last one to speak with Stephen Paddock.

For Eric, Stephen was just a normal guy. That information was gleaned from Multiple Currency Transaction Reports, which are required by the US Treasury Department and IRS-mandated when casinos cash-in or out any transactions in excess of $10,000 dollars.

It is not clear if the transactions were losses or wins, but officials are quoted as saying they stretched into the tens of thousands.

Looking back at what he heard, Bethel said he heard Paddock switch weapons as he was reporting what he heard to law enforcement. Recent reports show that he had several high-stakes gambling transactions in recent weeks.

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