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Stephen Craig Paddock was an American mass murderer responsible for the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, during which he fired into a crowd of approximately 22,000 concertgoers attending a country music
festival on the Las Vegas Strip

Submitted: December 15, 2017

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Submitted: December 15, 2017




Stephen Craig Paddock was the mass murder responsible for the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. during which he fired into a crowd of approximately 22,000 concertgoers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in United States history, with 58 fatalities (excluding Paddock) and 546 injuries. Paddock’s motive for the shooting is unknown. Paddock died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada and was a real-estate investor, property manager, accountant and avid gambler.

 I evaluated Mr. Paddock with traditional criminology or parental rearing environments in which these theories of crime locate the causes of misconduct in adolescence. His brother was interviewed by CNN, he said that his brother and he spent their adolescence in a good neighborhood. To his knowledge Mr. Paddock was not influenced by his environment, he was a caring guy for his family. He liked to check on his mom and his siblings to make sure they are okay. He loved kids because he used to go hunting with his nephews, but his brother mentioned that he knew that he had firearms, but the purpose of him to possess a gun was not to commit murder and suicide. Mr. Paddock test did not meet the criteria for a shared environment. Non- shared environment are those unique experiences that make individuals more different than alike. The offender, Stephen Paddock never committed a crime before, not only for a second. His relatives mentioned that He did not have an aspect as a dangerous person, he never abused his girlfriend. The Las Vegas behavior was the first crime that the offender committed to his life story.

I used Mendelian theory to test Mr. Paddock reaction, I ended up seeing that can be a pattern dominance in his life. Mendel was a Jewish Author, and a Hebrew literature, he explained that Parents pass their traits and behavior to their offspring through their genes, any newborn baby receives 2 copies of the gene which are one copy from the father, and the other one from the mother. Criminology uses Mendel’s theory to determine an offender’s behavior and traits. When I applied Mendel’s theory to Mr. Paddock behavior, I realized that He inherited the criminal behavior from his father. The criminal offender dad was not an honest guy, his name was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was an American bank robber and con man who was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1969 to 1977. In 1946, Paddock was convicted of ten counts of auto larceny and five counts of confidence game and was confined at the Illinois State Penitentiary until July 1951. In 1953, he was convicted of conspiracy about a bad check passing operation and was again held at the Illinois State Penitentiary until August 1956In one of his early arrests, he was found with a concealed revolver.

Mr. Paddock had a narcissistic trait in which he was well planned to commit the crime, he set up to book more than one room at the hotel, and purchased a different type of firearms, waited for an occasion where there will be plenty people to commit the crime. He also viewed the world negatively, that was the reason he was aggressively shooting at the crowd.




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