Clinton County officials confirm that the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in American history was born in 1953 in Clinton, Iowa, the namesake county seat town of 25,719 people along the Mississippi River.
The Clinton County Recorder's office confirmed a birth certificate was on file for Stephen Craig Paddock born on April 9, 1953, at the former Jane Lamb Hospital. He would be 64 today, the same age as the Stephen Paddock who fired semi-automatic weapons into a crowd of Las Vegas concertgoers Sunday evening. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, the same room from which he fired into the crowd below.
At least 59 people were killed in the attack and more than 500 injured.
According to the Clinton County records, Paddock's birth father was Benjamin Paddock, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a fact which also matches biographical reports on the gunman. His mother was born in Illinois.
The Arizona Daily Star (owned by Lee Enterprises, the same parent company as the Quad-City Times and the Globe Gazette) reported that before the '50s ended the family had moved to Tuscon, Arizona, and then moved again to California in the '60s.
It's unclear how long the family may have been in the area.