Las Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock was a habitual player of video poker who took the anxiety drug Valium, CNN reported on Monday.
The report gave all detail about about 64 year old killer who gunned down 58 people and roundabout 500 wounded on October 1, and the reason behind this attack is still questionable.
Paddock said in a 2013 court deposition that he was “the biggest video poker player in the world,” according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the 97-page document. The deposition has been turned over to the FBI, the news network said. It was part of a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011.
“Nobody played as much and as long as I did,” Paddock said, adding that in 2006 he gambled on average “14 hours a day, 365 days a year.” “I’ll gamble all night,” he said, in what CNN called the first account of his life in his own words. “I sleep during the day.” When he gambled he rarely drank alcohol, his testimony said, because “at the stakes I play, you want to have all your wits about you, or as much wit as I have.” Sweat pants, flip-flops Paddock, who police say committed the worst mass shooting in recent US history, owned numerous properties and had no known associations with political, radical or hate groups.
In his court statement, he said he won “from $100 to $1,350” each time he pushed the button on a gambling machine, wagering perhaps a million dollars a night, CNN said. Paddock stated that for him, that wasn’t a lot of money. He said he split his time between California, Nevada, Texas and Florida, travelling at one point “maybe upwards of three weeks out of a month.” As a high-roller, he often lived at the casinos where rooms were provided free “95 percent of the time,” and where he wandered about in black Nike sweat pants and flip-flops, Paddock said. In spite of his wealth, he carried his own drinks into the high rollers’ area because he didn’t want to tip the waitresses too much. Paddock stated in the court deposition that he had no mental health problems, no history of addiction and no criminal record, although he was prescribed Valium “for anxiousness” by a physician to whom he had “good access.”
In the deposition he also provided some biographical information, saying he grew up in California, attended high school in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles, and college at what would become Cal State Northridge. Paddock worked for a time as an Internal Revenue Service agent, then began to invest in real estate, CNN reported. There was no discussion of guns in the court deposition, except for Paddock´s confirmation that he had a concealed weapons license in Texas. Paddock, who described himself as “happy-go-lucky,” lost his lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, CNN said