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Vegas shooter's brother arrested on child porn charges

27 October 2017

Bruce Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, was detained in Valley Village Wednesday in connection with a child pornography investigation, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Detectives had been investigating Bruce Paddock for months before the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed and hundreds were wounded, the official tells PEOPLE.

Several people have commented that Paddock started to smell of alcohol recently.

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This follows TMZ's earlier reporting that Bruce Paddock has a long rap sheet that includes crimes such as arson, vandalism, criminal threats, drug charges, and burglary.

If Paddock did remove the laptop's hard drive in an attempt to hide digital evidence, he wouldn't be the first mass shooter to do so. The ISIS terrorist group has claimed responsibility, but authorities say they have not discovered any evidence to link the massacre to terrorism. Without the hard drive, it is impossible to know whether Paddock actually used the software or not.

The incident became the largest mass shooting in United States modern history, leaving 58 dead and wounding more than 500.

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Information from friends and family has proven hard to come by as Paddock was somewhat of a loner.

A motive for the mass killing has not been released by authorities investigating the murders.

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza smashed the hard drive of his computer with a hammer and a screwdriver before going on a rampage at an elementary school in 2012. "It wasn't suicide by cop since he killed himself", he said.

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Vegas shooter's brother arrested on child porn charges