Las Vegas shooter had Tucson ties, father made FBI ‘Most Wanted’ list

Las Vegas shooter had Tucson ties, father made FBI ‘Most Wanted’ list

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Stephen Paddock, the man who killed more than 50 and wounded more 500 in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, lived in Tucson as child, according to a newspaper archive.

"The Tucson Daily Citizen" reported Benjamin "Chromedome" Hoskins Paddock, Stephen's father, made the FBI's most-wanted list after he escaped from prison in Texas in 1960.

Benjamin Paddock was described in an FBI poster as being "diagnosed as psychopathic" and as an individual reported to have "suicidal tendencies" who "has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies."

Benjamin  Paddock had been sentenced to 20 years following a bank robbery conviction, according to a 1978 newspaper article in the Eugene Register.

The paper said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock lived in Oregon's Eugene-Springfield area for several years under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen.

The clip from "The Tucson Daily Citizen" laimed Paddock was living in Tucson with his four children when he made the most-wanted list.

The elder Paddock was convicted of a $4,620 holdup of a Phoenix branch of the Valley National Bank in 1960.

The report also said the FBI tracked Chromedome Paddock to Las Vegas where he tried to run over agents with his car before he was arrested.

The Daily Citizen quoted Phoenix FBI Agent Palmer M. Baken Jr. saying:

Since he has utilized firearms in previous crimes, has employed violence in attempting to evade arrest and has been diagnosed as being psychopathic, Paddock should be considered extremely dangerous.

Stephen Paddock killed at least 50 and injured at least 500 when he opened fire on a concert venue from his hotel room.

Police said the younger Paddock had no criminal history, and believe he acted alone.

Stephen Paddock's brother Eric told CNN their father died years ago and "was never with my mom."

Eric Paddock said he was born when his father was on the run.

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