Las Vegas gunman has ties to Clinton

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A startling connection to the Quad Cities area for the man who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Stephen Craig Paddock was born in Clinton, Iowa at the former Jane Lamb Hospital on April 9, 1953 a little after one in the morning.

Local 4 News tracked that down through the birth records maintained at the Clinton County Recorder’s office. The document lists his father as Patrick Benjamin Paddock. The elder Paddock was once on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list. 

The birth record also indicates a Clinton address for him at that time. However, a search of the deed shows it was owned by other people.

No other records could be found to say how long Paddock lived in Clinton and there are no records from local schools indicating he was a student there. 

People in Clinton couldn’t believe their town has any connection to the Las Vegas killer. It’s population of almost 27,000 cherish Clinton’s small town feel. 

Gwen Dreibelbeis has lived in Clinton most of her life. She said she doesn’t want anyone to think Paddock represents the city. 

“I think everyone is just going to be shocked and startled, you know, to believe that he could have been born here,” Dreibelbeis said. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t raised here because he may have different values, different ethics, and stop and think before he acted.”

Investigators continue to look for clues to find out what prompted the 64-year-old gambler to open fire.

EARLIER REPORT

The man who killed 58 people in Las Vegas Sunday night was born in a Clinton hospital in 1953.

According to the Clinton County Recorder’s Office, Stephen Paddock was born just after 1 a.m. on April 9, 1953. 

It was at the Jane Lamb Memorial Hospital, which later became part of Mercy Medical Clinton.

The birth record lists his father as 26-year-old Benjamin Paddock of Sheboygan, Wis. and his mother, Dolores Hudson, 25, from Nauvoo, Ill. 

Investigators say that Stephen Paddock fired on a concert crowd from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. He was found dead inside the room.

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