Las Vegas shooter’s father was a notorious bank robber

FBI Photo of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — While investigators in Las Vegas work to find out what motivated a one-time accountant with no known criminal history to inflict so much pain in a mass shooting, others digging into his past know his father was a notorious bank robber with ties to Wisconsin.

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Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was born in Sheboygan in 1925. The family eventually moved to Superior and then to Chicago. The elder Paddock tried to run down an FBI agent in Las Vegas in 1960 and wound up on the agency’s most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968. He was captured ten years later in Oregon.

This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival killing dozens and wounding hundreds. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)

An FBI poster at the time said Paddock had been “diagnosed as psychopathic” and should be considered “armed and very dangerous.”

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