Suspected Las Vegas shooter's father was on FBI's 'Most Wanted'

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The father of Stephen Paddock, who is suspected in the Las Vegas shooting late Sunday night that left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, is reported to have been a wanted fugitive who hid out in Oregon.

The poster states that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, known also by several aliases including "Big Daddy", "Chromedome" and "Old Baldy", was convicted of bank robbery and automobile theft.

Benjamin Paddock sold garbage disposals and was a fix man in Tucson, but he also got cash from robbing banks.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and court records show that the elder Paddock was a wanted fugitive who was the 302nd person to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to his home in Oregon.

A run-in with police in 1971 while he hid out in Las Vegas was reported in newspapers from the time, he escaped after driving towards Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

An FBI most-wanted poster said Paddock was "diagnosed as psychopathic" and "reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and unsafe".

A year earlier, he was part of a choral group doing a rendition of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" at a ceremony marking the end of the academic year at Arizona Sunshine School on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the Arizona Daily Star reported. According to his other son, Eric Paddock, not much.

He settled the racketeering charges for $623,000 and pleaded no contest to the odometer case. He said Benjamin was on the run when they were born and they were raised by his mother, and obituaries don't mention either Stephen or Eric.

Police have said Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from what appeared to be an automatic rifle, killing at least 59 people and injuring over 527.

Eric Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel that he had helped his brother move from Florida to Nevada two years ago, saying his brother wanted to play video poker and escape the humidity.

We simply don't know.

Police have yet to find a motive for the attack. "There's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this".

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