Investigations into the life of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock reveal that in addition to being a mass murderer, Paddock also took advantage of cheap food at a local senior center.
Paddock apparently didn’t want to spend his gambling money on anything besides guns, as he often spent just $3.50 per meal at the Mesquite Community and Senior Center in Nevada, a center that offers government-subsidized meals. He would stop there a few times a week to eat Mexican food, meatloaf and burgers, according to the Daily Mail.
The site reported that on the day of the massacre, Paddock stopped at his usual haunt to ask for an enchilada recipe.
“We recognized Stephen when his face flashed up on TV,” said local resident Marshall Meland, 78, who was enjoying lunch at the center.
“He last came into the center around 11 a.m. last Thursday and checked in at the desk, but didn’t stop for lunch like he usually does,” he said.
“Instead, he went straight up to the counter to speak with the cook and asked her about an enchiladas dish she cooks — he wanted to know how she made it,” Meland told the outlet.
“After that, he left. No one took any notice of him. It wasn’t until later, after what he did, that we realized he drove to Vegas that afternoon. Everyone at the center is shocked.”
Unsurprisingly, other senior center attendees described Paddock as anti-social and “introverted.”
“He’d come in on and off, sometimes up to three times a week,” David Blake, 81, told the site.
“He’s been coming in at least a year and when I first saw him, I thought he was a homeless person. He was unshaven, disheveled, quiet — he wasn’t a big conversationalist,” he said.
“He’d sit on his own, but even if there was someone else on his table, he always seemed to [keep to] himself. I never saw him getting into steady conversations with anyone, he didn’t mingle. He was just quiet.”
Blake added that Paddock’s odd behavior was not unusual in the gambling town.
“A lot of people who heavily gamble are like that, they’re in a world of their own,” he said. “They don’t get a chance to have much of a social life. Stephen didn’t seem to me like he was into anything else other than deep thinking of how he was going to play his next poker game.”
The seniors were stunned he committed the atrocity.
“People are saying, ‘Gosh, if we knew somebody like this was in here, we’re not even sure we’d have come here all the time,’ because they think he could have shot and killed all of us in no time,” he said.
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