ORANGE COUNTY, Fla — Eric Paddock broke down in tears to WFTV's Nancy Alvarez when he started thinking his brother Stephen Paddock was allegedly responsible for the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
At least 50 people were killed and hundreds more were injured Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 people gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for a country music festival.
Police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Authorities found him dead in his hotel room, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
"There's nothing I can say. My brother did this. It's like he shot us. I couldn't be more dumbfounded," Eric Paddock told Eyewitness News.
Eric Paddock said he last heard from his brother after Hurricane Irma. He said his brother texted to make sure his family was OK.
Eric Paddock said he found out about the mass shooting when Las Vegas police called him.
"I don't understand. It doesn't make sense," Eric Paddock said.
Meanwhile, another person who claims to be the niece of Stephen Paddock posted to Facebook a short time ago.
The poster, who is identified as Nicole Paddock, says that Stephen Paddock is her uncle whom she didn't see often.
The woman who lives in Orlando claims that, "Sometimes I would see him in Las Vegas when I was there vising other family, but these encounters were casual and infrequent. I cannot speak to what possibility motivates someone to do something like this nor what his specific motivations may have been. He never came across as religious or political."
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