Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting near the casino Sunday. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, spent time in North Texas as recently as 2010. John Locher AP
Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting near the casino Sunday. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, spent time in North Texas as recently as 2010. John Locher AP

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Las Vegas gunman spent time in North Texas

By Tom Uhler And Anna M. Tinsley

uhler@star-telegram.com, atinsley@star-telegram.com

October 02, 2017 09:18 AM

UPDATED October 04, 2017 08:07 AM

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman accused of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, lived in North Texas as recently as 2010.

He clearly moved around, listing several residences in Mesquite as early as 1998 and as late as 2010, and residences in Florida, California and Michigan, in addition to Nevada, according to a search of public records.

Paddock listed three residences in Mesquite, all in the same vicinity — 317 Keswick Lane, 105 Clear Lake Lane and 4804 Via Ventura, where he’s listed as the owner and manager of the Mesquite Central Park Apartments. The address in Grand Prairie is the same as the one listed in Mesquite at Keswick Lane.

“Texas mourns and prays for the victims of this tragedy, and the entire Las Vegas Community, in this time of unimaginable pain,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a written statement.

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Paddock listed numerous residences in Texas and elsewhere in recent years, judging from the public records.

His most recent address was Mesquite, Nevada, and he spent time in Reno and Henderson in Nevada. He also lived in Florida, several cities in California, including San Francisco, and in Michigan.

Paddock had no previous run-ins with the law, other than a traffic citation, according to reports.

He opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas onto a crowd attending an outdoor country music festival on the strip below, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500, authorities say.

He killed himself during a standoff with police, according to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

His brother, Eric Paddock, told The Orlando Sentinel that the family was “completely dumbfounded. We can’t understand what happened,” he said. “He’s never drawn his gun before. He’s just a guy.”

Asked about it by WOFL-Channel 35 in Orlando, he said, “I can’t imagine. When you guys find out what happened, let us know. I have no idea whatsoever.”

“There was nothing secret or strange about him.” one relative, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid hurting other relatives, told The Washington Post.

Paddock, who owned at least two planes and had a Texas pilot’s license, worked for Lockheed Martin for three years.

“Stephen Paddock worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin from 1985 until 1988,” according to a statement from the company. “We’re cooperating with authorities to answer questions they may have about Mr. Paddock and his time with the company.”

A pilot license issued to Paddock in 2003 listed the Keswick Lane address in Mesquite, Texas, and certified him as a private pilot, Federal Aviation Administration records showed.

The license also required him to have glasses “for near vision.”

Texas impact

Former Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure was among those injured in the shooting.

He posted on Facebook that he was OK but “caught a piece of bullet shrapnel on my hand. ... The shooter was 22 floors directly above our room. Rounds hitting the ground all around us. I am guessing 400-500 rounds. Maybe more. Sounded like a war zone.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was among those to weigh in on the shooting, tweeting: “Thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured in the deadly shooting in Las Vegas last night.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz also tweeted out condolences.

“Lifting up in prayer all impacted by last night’s despicable shooting in Las Vegas & all 1st responders on the scene,” he tweeted.

And Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller also posted a message on Facebook.

“May God be with the families of those who have been killed and comfort them in their time of mourning,” he wrote. “May He be with those who have been injured and speed their recovery, and may He be with those first responders and medical personnel who are investigating this attack and caring for those who have been hurt.”

Staff writer Max Baker contributed to this report.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

#LasVegas shooter Stephen Paddock seen here on right with his brother Eric. Eric tells me it's like an "asteroid" has hit the family. @WESH pic.twitter.com/KlKYeWhQM6

— Alex Villarreal (@AlexvWESH) October 2, 2017

Shooter firing from Mandalay Bay hotel

A video sent by Peter Trevino to the Star-Telegram Facebook page records the sound of nonstop gunfire during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. Flashes from the gunfire can be seen very faintly.

Peter Trevino Courtesy