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Brother of Las Vegas shooter arrested on child porn charges

A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has been arrested in Los Angeles on child porn charges, according to multiple media reports.

Bruce Paddock, 58, was taken into custody at an assisted living facility in North Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Aerial video showed investigators gathered near the building, and authorities confirmed an arrest was made Wednesday morning.

NBC News, citing court records, said Bruce Paddock has previous convictions for vandalism, criminal threats and theft.

The investigation began prior to Stephen Paddock’s shooting rampage on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1 that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more, the Associated Press reported.

After the attack, Bruce Paddock told NBC News he was questioned about the shooting twice by the FBI.

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“They were just asking about our childhood, what schools we went to, who his friends were,” Paddock said. He speculated that financial difficulties may have driven his brother over the edge. Police have found no such connection, however.

Bruce Paddock told NBC his brother was a “wizard with books” and used to do the family’s tax returns so they would get back thousands of dollars in refunds.

The LAPD did not immediately return a call for information from USA TODAY.

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