There have only been two verified photos of Stephen Paddock released, but several other people have been posting pictures to social media, claiming that they are of the suspected Las Vegas shooter.
One photo in particular claims to be a younger photo of Paddock and has him identified as a registered sex offender. While some people have been circulating the picture (seen below), it’s not of the same Stephen Paddock.
Not only does the man in the photo have a different middle name than the Las Vegas suspect, but the Stephen Paddock who has been identified as the concert shooter was 64 years old. The man in the photo above would be 49, as his date of birth is listed as October 29, 1968.
There have been some reports that Paddock was known by local police and that he had a criminal history, but the only thing that Heavy can confirm at this time is that he was involved in a lawsuit back in 2012. The lawsuit was filed by Stephen Paddock against Cosmopolitan Hotel & Resorts back in 2012, and it was dismissed with prejudice in 2014.
Police say that Paddock opened fire from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, just after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday. At this time, 58 people have been confirmed dead and over 500 have been injured. Most of these people were attending a country music festival that was being held across the street from the hotel.
According to police, Paddock is deceased. Early reports indicated that he was taken down after engaging with police. However, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that Paddock killed himself. He was dead when police entered his hotel room. Authorities have not reported finding a note of any kind and a potential motive is unclear at this time.
“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker. We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat,” Lombardo said, according to USA Today.