Stephen Paddock removed hard drive from laptop

Stephen Paddock removed hard drive from laptop

Stephen Paddock removed hard drive from laptop

Bruce Paddock, the estranged brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, has been detained by Los Angeles authorities on accusations of possessing child pornography, PEOPLE confirms.

Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in Las Vegas. In a revelation that seems to point Mr Paddock's tactics more than his motives, investigators combing through his internet history found a search for a police tactic used to break into rooms, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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.

The child pornography investigation took place in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez confirmed to KTLA. Investigators also discovered that Paddock had purchased software created to erase files from a hard drive, but it is not yet known if the software was used. The evidence was discovered after his eviction.

Authorities have reached out and spoken to Paddock's family and girlfriend.

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Meanwhile, the gunman's brother, Bruce Paddock, was reportedly arrested on suspicion of child pornography on Wednesday.

Unlike some other mass killers, Mr Paddock did not leave behind a note, manifesto or video explaining his actions. The incident appeared to be completely unrelated to the Las Vegas investigation, according to ABC News.

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.

The report also said Paddock may have removed the hard drive before killing himself.

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