Brother of Las Vegas shooter suspected of possessing child porn

26 October, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the October 1 shooting

Stephen Paddock's brother, Bruce Paddock, was taken into custody in North Hollywood and is facing charges related to a child porn investigation, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times and several other media reports.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to CBS News that federal officials assisted the Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday in arresting Bruce Paddock. Bruce Paddock had been "squatting" inside the business on San Fernando Road following his eviction from a residence, police said.

TMZ also noted that cops were trying to locate Bruce Paddock for awhile, and after his brother perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in American history, someone tipped police off that he was residing in an assisted living facility.

This is a developing story.

The felony complaint for his arrest alleges one count of possession of child or youth pornography and 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.




Bruce Paddock is not considered a suspect in the Las Vegas shooting.

It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

Investigators digging into Paddock's background also learned he purchased software created to erase files from a hard drive, but without the hard drive to examine it is impossible to know if he ever used the software, one source said.

According to ABC News, Paddock is thought to have removed the hard drive from the laptop before fatally shooting himself following the massacre. He said he was "dumbfounded" by his brother's actions and recalled him as "just a guy" who stayed at hotels, gambled and went to shows.

Paddock committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history Sunday night when he shot into a crowd killing 49 people and wounding over 500. Refresh this page for updates.

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