On Wednesday, Las Vegas Police released the body-camera footage when hunting down Stephen Paddock, who is responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Images show the moment heavily armed SWAT officers entered the 32nd-floor hotel at Mandalay Bay.
According to authorities, Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more before committing suicide. He was shooting down at a crowd gathered for a country music festival back in October 2017. No one will ever see what the first officer through the hotel-door saw, due to the fact his body-camera was not activated.
During the choas of the Las Vegas shootings, gamblers and tourists continued on their slot handles, looking completely oblivious as to what is going on and that a man floors above them released a hail of bullets on the crowd outside.
‘There’s a shooter! He’s shot and killed multiple people already,’ a police officer shouts.
Via Daily Mail: The officers carefully work their way up to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel. As they approach his suite from a stairwell, another officer yells out, ‘Breach! Breach! Breach!’ before a loud bang and a fire alarm begins to sound.
Inside, they find Stephen Paddock lying in a pool of his own blood with rifles strewn about. One officer pulls a high-powered rifle from a window ledge as the other officers discover an arsenal of weapons, cameras in the peepholes, a homemade gas mask and venting system and even a vibrator.
But more than seven months after the Oct. 1 massacre, police are no closer to answering the key question in the investigation: What led the retired accountant and high-stakes gambler to unleash his deadly barrage of bullets?
The videos showed officers inside Paddock’s room looking behind curtains, and one grabbed an assault-style rifle from the ledge of a broken window. The gunman’s body is seen on his back, clad in dark pants and a long-sleeve shirt with a glove on his left hand. A pool of blood stains the carpet near his head as a police SWAT officer walks past.
Officers noted the amount of firepower Paddock had — more than 10 high-powered firearms. Others talked about Paddock ‘blasting out the window’ and pointed to ‘a whole suitcase full of loaded AK mags.’
Thus far, investigators believe Paddock, 64, acted alone and committed suicide before officers smashed the door in. The total body camera footage released is about 2 1/2 hours, among the hundreds of hours recorded, and is not a complete view of what authorities witnessed upon entry of Paddock’s suite.
The fact that the officer who initially entered the hotel room failed to activate his body-camera raised questions if officers were following department policy; which requires officers who have body cameras must activate them upon receiving a call that will lead to interaction with residents and searches.
Police and the FBI have said they believe Paddock, a 64-year-old former accountant and high-stakes video poker player, acted alone.
The police investigation was not finished, said Lombardo, who oversees the department and called the preparation and release of documents sought by the media a ‘monumental task’ that would divert resources from police work.