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The brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was arrested on child porn charges

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The brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock has been arrested in North Hollywood, California for child pornography, authorities confirmed to Fox 11.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Wednesday said that Bruce Paddock was taken into custody around 7 a.m. local time that morning at an assisted living center on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Bruce Paddock is facing possession of child pornography charges after an investigation headed up by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that involved both the FBI and the LAPD.

The investigation started with a tip about Bruce Paddock that came in months before the Las Vegas shooting, but authorities did not know his whereabouts until another tip lead authorities to his North Hollywood location.

Law enforcement sources on Wednesday told TMZ that cops were tipped off that was child porn on Bruce Paddock’s computer so they got a search warrant.

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TMZ’s sources said that the investigation into Bruce Paddock began before his brother opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Authorities were struggling to locate Bruce Paddock before the shooting, they added, but afterwards a tip came in about how he was living at an assisted living facility.

TMZ reported that Bruce Paddock’s arrest was made by a joint task force that included the FBI and the LAPD, with cops saying they found child porn images on his computer.

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Police are still investigating what motive drove Stephen Paddock to start shooting at a country music event in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Paddock attacked the Route 91 Harvest music festival the evening of Oct. 1, firing upon attendees from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Responding police ultimately found Paddock dead inside his hotel room after committing the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The bloodbath killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 546 others, reigniting national debate over gun control afterwards.

Paddock utilized semi-automatic rifles during his rampage, and he also employed so-called “bump stock” devices to speed the rate of his firing.

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