Watch: 'There's no logic' - brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock explains his utter disbelief at appalling massacre

The brother of the gunman in the mass shooting at a music concert in Las Vegas said there's no logic to explain the shooting.

Eric Paddock said his brother, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, played video poker to "stay at home in the casino.''

He said he last got a text from his brother when he checked in on him after the recent hurricane. 

Eric Paddock, who lives in Orlando, said he feels like he was struck by an asteroid after hearing about the shooting.

"There's exactly no, no logic. No reach even for me where my brother would have done this. There's no, freaking... There's nothing.''

He also revealed their father was once on the FBI's most wanted list for robbing banks. 

Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the death toll has risen to 58, with 515 people injured.

Ben Northrop had just arrived in Las Vegas for a conference when the mass shooting happened. Source: 1 NEWS

Authorities say Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have yet to determine a motive.


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Watch as boy, 10, is presented with metal skewer that penetrated his skull

A 10-year-old Missouri boy is recovering after he was attacked by insects and tumbled from a tree, landing on a meat skewer that penetrated his skull from his face to the back of his head.

Doctors called Xavier Cunningham's survival "miraculous."

Xavier's harrowing experience began Saturday afternoon when yellow jackets attacked him in a tree house at his Harrisonville home.

He fell to the ground and his mother ran to him when she heard screaming.

His skull was pierced from front-to-back with half a foot of skewer still sticking out of his face.

The University of Kansas Health System's endovascular neurosurgery director, Koji Ebersole, says the skewer's removal Sunday wasn't easy, but that it missed Xavier's eye, brain, spinal cord and major blood vessels.

Xavier Cunningham's survival, after he fell from a tree and landed on the meat skewer, is being called a miracle. Source: Associated Press


Two 'sweet' girls dead and baby hospitalised after 'tragic' electric heater fire at house near Melbourne

Two "sweet" girls have died and their baby sister is in hospital after an electric bar heater caught fire in the bedroom of a Geelong home today.

The toddlers' parents woke just after 8am to the smell of smoke in their Loch Street, East Geelong home.

It's early in the investigation but Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie says it appears a toy fell on the heater in the front room where the older girls, aged two and three, were sleeping.

It's not known how long the fire was smouldering before it was discovered.

It's believed the girls died from smoke inhalation.

A neighbour told AAP she believed the father had rushed to the home of a neighbour, a doctor, for assistance before the couple drove their family to hospital where the girls were pronounced dead.

The family's six-month-old daughter who was in another room with her parents is being treated for smoke inhalation. Neither parent was injured.

"As you can well understand, the set of circumstances that has occurred, they're very traumatised and they're at the hospital at present," Det Sen Sgt Guthrie said.

He earlier described it as tragic. The neighbour said she knew the family to say hello to and the sweet girls would stop on their way past to pat her dog.

"They were smitten," she said of the parents, who have lived in the street for three or four years.

"You could see in their eyes they really loved their children."

Detectives have reduced the cordon around the white clad home.

Gathered investigators and a strand of police tape across the low brick fence are the only sign of the incident.

Detectives and arson investigators have been at the scene through the morning and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Det Sen Sgt Guthrie urged people to take care around heaters and make sure nothing can come into contact with them.

"It's just a real tragic set of circumstances," he earlier told 3AW.

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Student council member caught up in 'straight-A' love triangle killed in US classroom with steak knife

A 17-year-old student in the United States could be facing a murder charge after she fatally stabbed a classmate today over a guy whom both had dated, police in Michigan said.

The deadly clash between two "straight-A students" took place in a Fitzgerald High School classroom in suburban Detroit, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. A school resource officer immediately began life-saving procedures, but the 16-year-old victim was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.

"This is truly a tragedy. ... This appears to be an altercation between two students and we're investigating to determine why this occurred," Mr Dwyer said.

Fitzgerald Public Schools Superintendent Laurie Fournier identified the slain girl as Danyna Gibson on the district's website. Ms Fournier said a "vigil to remember and honor the life of Danyna" will be held tomorrow on the high school's football field.

Mr Dwyer said the girls knew each other and had no history of trouble. He told The Associated Press the suspect was upset and disturbed when the male student broke up with her and started dating the victim, leading to her attacking her love rival. A steak knife was recovered by police.

Mr Dwyer told reporters the school has no metal detectors.

A witness, Francesca Pascua, 17, told The Detroit News that the stabbing occurred in an economics class.

"I heard screaming, and I thought everyone was running from a bug or something," said Ms Pascua, who fled because, "I thought she was going to stab everybody".

The suspect was arrested at the scene and is being held at a police lockup until the arraignment, which could happen tomorrow. Mr Dwyer said she probably will be charged with murder.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the suspect has an attorney, though she can request one at her initial court appearance. Michigan prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults in homicide cases.

The victim was on the school robotics team, student council, ran cross country and played in the marching band, Mr Dwyer said.

The school will be closed for classes tomorrow, but students and parents can come for support and assistance from counsellors and psychologists. School officials said they're conducting an internal review that will include safety procedures.

Mr Dwyer said the school resource officer, who had been with the department for 10 years, "did everything he could to save that young girl".

"He's taking it very hard that he wasn't able to save her life," Mr Dwyer said.

Police in Michigan patrol Warren Fitzgerald High School after a student was fatally stabbed at the school.
Police in Michigan patrol Warren Fitzgerald High School after a student was fatally stabbed at the school. Source: Associated Press


Attorneys for US cop who mistakenly killed Australian woman say prosecutors misled court, world media

Attorneys for an American former police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year argue that prosecutors have misled the court about Mohamed Noor's past behaviour in an attempt to portray him as unfit for duty, according to a court document filed in Minneapolis today.

The document was filed in response to prosecutors' argument that there is enough probable cause for the case against Noor to proceed. Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was killed after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Prosecutors said last week that officers who were training Noor reported instances in which he had problems handling the stress of the job.

They also said that he took a psychological test in 2015 that showed he disliked being around people and was more likely than other officer candidates to become impatient. Prosecutors also wrote that just two months before the shooting, Noor was involved in a traffic stop in which he pointed a gun at a motorist's head.

Defence attorneys said prosecutors left out key information.

"These lies by omission and clear misstatements of fact actively mislead the reader and obscure the truth," lawyers Thomas Plunkett and Peter Wold wrote.

They said that training officers never found Noor to be "unacceptable" at a task, and the psychological test he took in 2015 is racially biased. Noor is Somali-American.

"The State's claim that the ... test illustrates his indifference for human life which led to his action on July 15, 2017 is asking to have Officer Noor convicted because of his race," the defence wrote.

The attorneys also said that the psychologist who administered the test and the psychiatrist who cleared Noor for duty told prosecutor Amy Sweasy that Noor's results were likely a result of his race and culture, not a personality disorder.

"The State, knowing that this would be widely covered by media all over the world, failed to inform the Court of crucial information," the defence wrote.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office had no comment on today's court filing.

The defence also took issue with the state's claim that Noor pointed a gun at a motorist's head two months before he shot Ms Damond. The defence said prosecutors didn't explain that the driver went two blocks without stopping and made movements inside the car as if he was hiding contraband.

Defence attorneys are asking that the charges against Noor be dismissed. A hearing on the motions is set for Sept. 27.

Justine Damond
Justine Damond Source: 1 NEWS