Stephen Paddock, who is suspected of killing more than 58 people Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in American history, had been gambling big in Las Vegas in the days before the shooting, NBC News reported.
The report is in line with comments emerging from neighbors and family members indicating gambling was a way of life for Paddock.
“My brother is not like you and me. He plays high-stakes video poker,” Eric Paddock said, according to The Washington Post “He sends me a text that says he won $250,000 at the casino.”
NBC News reported Paddock had been gambling more than $10,000 per day on several occasions, sometimes amounts as high as $30,000. He had been staying at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort since Thursday.
Saying it had spoken to “multiple senior law enforcement officials,” NBC based its report on “an NBC News source” who read the required federal forms casinos must file for large cash transactions and a casino gaming executive. The forms did not make it clear whether Paddock won or lost money.
Eric Paddock said he shared with the FBI three years of text messages from his brother. He said he did not know if he owed money to a casino.
“I have absolutely no information he lost a bunch of money. The casino would know that,” he said.
Stephen Paddock had a property in Florida, and neighbors there recounted that he made no secret of his gambling.
Don Judy, a former next-door neighbor, said Paddock was always on the move between Las Vegas and Florida.
“One of the first times we met him, he told me he lived there, in Vegas,” Don Judy said. “He explained that he was a gambler, and a prospector. He said he was buying this house to check it out for his mother. … and that if she liked it, he planned to buy another next door with a floor plan like ours.”
Sharon Judy described Paddock as “a normal man.”
“He seemed normal, other than that he lived by gambling,” she said, according to The New York Times. “He was very open about that. First time we ever met him, he handed us the key to the house and said, ‘Hey, would keep an eye on the house, we’re only going to be here every now and then.’”
Diane McKay, who lived near Paddock in Reno, Nevada, said Paddock lived there with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, his girlfriend. Danley told neighbors Paddock was a professional gambler, she said.
“He was weird. Kept to himself,” said McKay. “It was like living next to nothing. … You can at least be grumpy, something. He was just nothing, quiet. He never went out in the back and enjoyed the back yard, nature. They had a little back yard, 17 feet to the fence and hill. But the blinds were always closed.”