‘It’s a setup’: Former neighbor of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock says he doesn’t believe he was the real shooter

The neighbor also claims that Paddock was a Trump fan and loved to play video poker at the local bar

A man claiming to be a neighbor of Stephen Paddock, the gunman responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, appeared on the conservative radio show Savage Nation to share what he knows about the notorious mass shooter — revealing that he was a regular guy who did not appear to have any unusual beliefs or affiliations.

The man, who said his name was Rick, told host Michael Savage that he lived next door to Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, from December 2015 to June 2016, and occasionally drank beer with Paddock at the local bar, where his neighbor would go to play video poker. Metro shared a recording of his call into the show.

“I saw him every other day,” the neighbor said, confirming to the host that he was certain the man was Paddock.

“He used to sit in a lawn chair with the garage open, and wave all the time,” Rick said, adding “he never even told me he owned a gun.”

The neighbor said he cannot believe that Paddock is the same person who opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

“It doesn’t sit right,” Rick said, explaining that while he is not typically someone to latch onto a conspiracy theory, he doesn’t think that shooting happened the way it’s been reported.

“It’s a setup,” the man said.

CrimeOnline cannot independently verify any of the man’s claims, including whether he actually knew Stephen Paddock. His characterization of Paddock as a friendly beer buddy differs from earlier accounts provided by neighbors who said he was cold, deeply private, and unapproachable. He was also known to keep his drinking to a minimum when playing high-stakes poker at Las Vegas casinos.

Rick told the radio show that Paddock did not appear to have any specific political or religious affiliation, but said that he was a fan of President Trump’s, and told him this on one occasion when Rick was wearing a “Team Trump” t-shirt.


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