Las Vegas Gunman Stephen Paddock's Brother Arrested For Child Porn

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Bruce Paddock, a brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was arrested in California this morning on suspicion of possessing child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.

The complaint signed Tuesday by a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney specified that between January 1 and August 30 of 2014, Bruce Paddock knowingly possessed more than 600 images of child or youth pornography involving use of a person under age 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.

A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in USA history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.

On the night of October 1, Bruce Paddock's older brother, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on a concert crowd from his hotel room in Las Vegas.

The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department used a joint task force to carry out the arrest.

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Police say the alleged offences all occurred in an eight-month period, between January 1 and August 30 in 2014.

Police said the case was unrelated to the Las Vegas shooting.

The report also said Paddock may have removed the hard drive before killing himself. Los Angeles police said the investigation began after authorities discovered evidence inside a business in Sun Valley.

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.

Almost a month after the shooting, authorities are still attempting to determine the motive behind the shooting, the deadliest in modern US history.