Las Vegas killer's brother arrested for child porn

PHOTO: AFP/Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

LOS ANGELES - The brother of the man behind the worst mass shooting in modern US history has been arrested on suspicion of having child pornography, police said on Wednesday.

Bruce Paddock - one of Stephen Paddock's three brothers - was arrested early Wednesday in Los Angeles, officer Norma Eisenman told AFP.

She said Paddock, 59, is facing child pornography charges in relation to a probe that began before the shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Bruce Paddock reportedly had a lengthy criminal history and over the years has been charged with various crimes including arson and burglary.

Police said he was arrested at an assisted living facility and was being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Authorities launched an investigation after finding evidence at a business where he had been squatting.

"At the time of the initial investigation, Paddock was a transient and could not be located," a statement said.

The Paddock brothers' father was on the FBI's most wanted list in the late 1960s after escaping from prison where he was serving time for bank robbery.

59, more than 500 wounded in Las Vegas shooting

  • Las Vegas Boulevard remains closed near the mass shooing site at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • A sign reading "Blood Donations Needed" is seen in Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • Las Vegas Boulevard lights-up with with signs for the victims and first responders after a mass shooing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • The W Las Vegas displays a message for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman speaks during a prayer vigil, in honor of those affected by the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, in front of Las Vegas City Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, Tiffany Tyler and the Rev. William McCurdy hold candles during a prayer vigil outside Las Vegas City Hall in response to Sunday's mass shooting on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • A man holds a program after an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • People mourn during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A woman prays during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A man mourns during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A woman mourns during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • People attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Las Vegas student union October 2, 2017, after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada late October 1, 2017.
  • People attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Las Vegas student union October 2, 2017, after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada late October 1, 2017.
  • Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Mourners light candles during a vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • At least two people were killed and 24 were hospitalised after a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, a local hospital spokeswoman said, and police said one suspect was down.
  • The spokeswoman for the University Medical Center hospital said 14 of the wounded were in a critical condition. All had suffered gunshot wounds, she said.
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter: "Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time."
  • It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was killed or injured. Officers were due to give more information shortly.
  • Police had earlier said they were investigating reports of an active shooter near the Mandalay Bay Casino.
  • The New York Times reported that the shooting appeared to be at a country music festival and that police were investigating reports of shooting at other venues on the city’s famous strip.
  • Police made no immediate comment about that on social media.
  • One Twitter user posted that the casino hotel was on lockdown, while another, citing police scanners, said two gunmen who had shot at a bodyguard and police were on the 32nd floor.
  • Video clips posted online showed what sounded like automatic weapons as panicked concertgoers fled, dropped to the ground screaming.
  • Witnesses heard numerous gunshots at the hotel, where police tactical teams were searching for the attacker, according to reports on CNN and in the New York Times.
  • Flights at Mccarran International Airport were temporarily halted after the reported shooting, the airport said on Twitter.

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