On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire on a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. With reports now listing over 50 dead and over 400 injured, the Las Vegas attack is marked at the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
The shooting took place during a Jason Aldean concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was on a balcony on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and shot the crowd from above.
By the time the SWAT team got to the gunman, he had shot and killed himself. Now, Paddock's brother is speaking up about the incident.
Eric Hudson Paddock currently lives in Orlando, Florida, and said that he did not speak to his brother often. He said that he does not believe that this tragedy was politically or religiously motivated.
He told NBC News, "Mars just fell into the earth. We're completely dumbfounded...We are completely at a loss."
Paddock said that his brother was retired and was "just a guy" who enjoyed gambling and going to shows in Las Vegas.
He told the Daily Mail, "He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something. We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded. We have absolutely no idea. Our condolences go to the victims and all their families."
Eric Paddock said that he was in complete shock, along with his 90-year-old mother. He said that she is struggling to cope with the news.
He said, "Our family is OK, we're sitting here in our house and hoping that everyone doesn't attack us. My mother is 90 years old, lives down the street from me, we're just completely dumbfounded. You can imagine how this has affected her."
"He's my brother, we don't have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally," he continued. "There's no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense."
After the incident, police detained Stephen Paddock's roommate and companion, Marilou Danley. She was detained as a "person of interest," but police later said that they do not believe she had anything to do with the attack.
Please continue praying for everyone affected by this tragedy. Paddock's family, the victims, and the families of the victims are all in desperate need of prayer. For more about this incident, read the first-hand description of the massacre that country singer Jake Owen just gave.