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Body Cam Footage Shows Police Enter Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock's Suite

04 May 2018, 10:01 | Rodolfo Wallace

Bodycam Video Of Police Entering Las Vegas Shooter's Hotel Room Finally Released

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The Las Vegas Police Department has released body cam footage, which documented the moments after police stormed into the hotel suite of Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas mass shooter.

Before Wednesday, the Las Vegas police had released some body-camera footage from the night of the shooting as well as photographs taken in the gunman's suite.

Police say Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more on October 1 when he unleashed gunfire from his Mandalay Bay suite onto a crowd below before killing himself as authorities closed in. Paddock was found dead in his room, along with several weapons that he had rigged to be similar to automatic weapons. Police refused to say whether the officer would be disciplined for violating department policy.

One officer asks another how many people the shooter had killed, and the reply, "A lot", is heard.

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.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Friday that police had to release the bodycam footage and 911 call audio from the shooting.

Authorities say Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more from the windows of his hotel suite last fall before killing himself as authorities closed in.

Las Vegas police had released a report and said Paddock acted alone and had not been radicalized by ISIS or any other terrorist organization.

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Officers were also seen noticing multiple cameras set up by Paddock down the hallway of his hotel suite, and a "camera of some sort" on his room service cart, which blocked the door.

The videos come from two officers' body-worn cameras as they respond to gunfire and sweep the premises. "And for that, we apologize".

Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the public on Tuesday that the department would release the video.

Police body-camera video from the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history shows Las Vegas officers busting into the gunman's hotel room and removing a rifle near a broken window.

Paddock opened fire from a 32nd-floor hotel suite on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others.

The sheriff denied suggestions that law enforcement was trying to "hide anything" related to the shooting, saying that cost considerations, as well as concerns about the potential trauma to those affected by the shooting, had been factors in the delayed release.

Lombardo said the department would release more records in batches in coming weeks.

The agency requires officers with body cameras to activate them during calls that lead to interaction with residents and searches. They started with the body camera footage from two officers.



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