Los Angeles politician recounts childhood memories of Las Vegas gunman

(KTLA) -- Before Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of some 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night, the man now responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in United States history grew up in Southern California and attended high school and college in the San Fernando Valley.

“He was kind of quiet, but I just remembered him being a nice guy,” said former California State Assembly Member Richard Alarcon, who attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School with Paddock, and knew him since he was seven.

“He wasn’t a close friend of mine but we played on softball teams and football teams. Sometimes he would get picked with me and sometimes I would get picked with him,” Alarcon said Tuesday.

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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock grew up in Southern California, and a former assembly member who went to school with him says he was just a normal kid.
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock grew up in Southern California, and a former assembly member who went to school with him says he was just a normal kid.
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock grew up in Southern California, and a former assembly member who went to school with him says he was just a normal kid.
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Paddock also attended and graduated from Cal State University Northridge, a spokeswoman said.

He completed a degree in business administration in 1977, Carmen Ramos Chandler wrote in a statement.

Paddock, 64 at the time of Sunday’s shooting, grew up to become a successful real estate investor who owned a number of apartments and houses, according to his brother Eric Paddock.

"There's absolutely no way I could conceive that my brother would shoot a bunch of people that he didn't know," Eric Paddock said Monday.

Eric Paddock described his brother as a poker-playing accountant with no apparent political or religious affiliation as far as he knew, CNN reported.

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Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, leaving at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.

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He reportedly used a hammer-like tool to break out two windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Stephen Paddock was reportedly a high-stakes gambler that lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.

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His father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber and former FBI Most Wanted Fugitive.

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Paddock killed himself before authorities breached his hotel room and investigators say he acted alone.

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Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting but he reportedly used her identification to check in at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

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Stephen Paddock lived in this home in Melbourne, Florida from 2013 to 2015.

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Police said Paddock had no criminal record.

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NBC News reported that Paddock made several large gambling transactions in recent weeks, but that it wasn't clear if they were wins or losses.

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Paddock reportedly purchased firearms at  Guns & Guitars, a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada. 

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Paddock's brother, Eric, said his sibling belonged to no political or religious organizations, and had no history of mental illness.

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Paddock's brother described him as a "wealthy guy" and said he liked to play video poker and go on cruises.

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He worked as an accountant and had real estate investments, according to the Washington Post. 

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Paddock had his pilot license and owned at least one plane, according to Reuters.

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Former neighbors of Stephen Paddock didn't remember him ever talking about guns, but did notice his gambling.

"He was a gambler and a speculator, and he did that in Vegas," said Don Judy, who lived next door to Stephen Paddock from 2013-2015. Paddock once told Judy, "We're up all night because we gamble," CNN reported.

Married and divorced twice, Stephen Paddock most recently lived in Mesquite, Nevada, with his girlfriend Marilou Danley, who police said was out of the country during the shooting.

News that Paddock was the man responsible for killing 59 people and wounding more than 500 was shocking to Alarcon.

“If I had to pick somebody on that playground who might go crazy someday and kill a bunch of people it would never be him,” Alarcon said.

KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story. 

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