The Central Florida-based brother of accused Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock said he was “completely dumbfounded” by the incident.
Eric Paddock, who lives in Orange County, said in a brief interview that he has made a statement to police.
“We are completely dumbfounded,” he said. “We can’t understand what happened.”
Stephen Paddock once owned property near Melbourne. He bought a house in 2013 and then sold it 2015 for $235,000, property records show. It’s not clear whether he ever lived or stayed there.
Eric Paddock said he would comment further later.
Stephen Paddock is accused of opening fire from high above a country music concert outside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more.
Mass shooting at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. SWAT teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect was inside, authorities said.
Police shot and killed Stephen Paddock, who was staying at the hotel.
It is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Previously, Orlando had held that dubious distinction with the Pulse nightclub shooting, which killed 49 people in Orlando in June 2016 and hurt at least 68.
Public records show Paddock has several relatives in Central Florida.