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Body cam footage from officers responding to the Las Vegas shooting last October shows them finding the body of gunman Stephen Paddock in a pool of blood in his hotel suite, and removing one of his rifles from a shattered window.
Las Vegas police on Wednesday put out several videos in response to a court order demanding the release of files relating to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Police said additional videos will be coming out in the next few weeks.
The footage from Wednesday shows officers breaching Paddock’s 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after he opened fired on a country music festival below, killing 58 people and injuring more than 700. Paddock, who installed an elaborate surveillance system in his room and the outside hallway, shot and killed himself before police arrived.
Officers entered the rooms by using explosives to breach the doors. The videos show fleeting glimpses of Paddock’s body on the floor as officers scour the suite, looking for signs of explosives or another shooter. In one video, an officer is seen taking a rifle out of a window Paddock had shattered and fired out of.
The videos show Paddock’s arsenal of rifles scattered on the floor and on chairs in the room. Officers are heard examining documents found in the room and trying to make sense of his massacre.
“I’m really thinking this is just a one guy thing, switching guns,” one officer says.
Another video shows an officer telling a couple in their room to lock the door because someone is shooting in the building.
Police said Paddock, 64, acted alone, and his motive remains a mystery. Surveillance footage released by MGM Resorts in March captured Paddock amassing an arsenal in his suite over several days as hotel staffers unwittingly help him bring in bags filled with guns and ammunition. He is also seen playing video poker for hours in the casino several times, including the day of the attack.
An officer is at one point heard asking another officer to examine a note Paddock left on a table. It contained Paddock’s handwritten measurements of his elevation and bullet trajectory to maximize his death count.
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