Dramatic police radio dispatches from the Las Vegas shooting massacre have been released.
“We can’t worry about more victims," one officer said in an audio clip. "We have to stop the shooter before he has more victims."
In another clip, the SWAT team inside the Mandalay Bay hotel talks to a dispatcher about locating the gunman. Stephen Paddock, 64, was shooting rapid fire at country music festival attendees from a smashed out window on the 32nd floor of the hotel. At least 59 people were killed and over 500 injured in what is now proclaimed the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
"Just advising, there are people down on stage left,” police told dispatchers early on in the shooting, according to National Public Radio. "Shots fired from Mandalay Bay. There's many people down stage left."
In another audio clip, the SWAT team can be heard discussing with a dispatcher how they were planning to close in on the shooter.
“I am inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor. I can hear automatic fire coming from one floor ahead. One floor above us,” one officer said, as reported by Inside Edition.
“We are coming out on the 32nd floor. Just about a dozen officers,” another said.
An officer expressed the urgency of taking down the shooter, “We can't worry about the victims!" he shouted. "We have to stop the shooter before we have more victims!"
Then: “Breach! Breach! Breach!”
The SWAT team breached into Paddock’s room, but he was already dead. He allegedly shot himself in the mouth, according to the Washington Post. He was found with blood pooling behind his head. A handgun was found near his body.
Hints of the chaos unfolding are detailed in the audio: "I need some more units here! I'm being overtaken by citizens trying to take patrol cars."
[Photo: Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxgen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.