Stephen Paddock removed hard drive from laptop found in Las Vegas hotel room, report says

Investigators who recovered a laptop from Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room discovered that its hard drive was missing, according to a report published Wednesday.

The laptop was found inside a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where Paddock stayed prior to killing 58 people and injuring hundreds on Oct. 1, ABC News reported.

The hard drive would be a key component to figuring out why Paddock decided to shoot into a crowded music festival down below, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to the report, investigators discovered that Paddock had bought software used to erase files from a hard drive. Since the hard drive is missing, it remains unclear if he actually used the software.

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