Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
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Las Vegas Police Release Bodycam Footage From Inside Shooter's Hotel Rooms

Las Vegas Police Release Bodycam Footage From Inside Shooter's Hotel Rooms

Police released hours of body camera footage from the scene in response to a lawsuit filed by news organizations.

Lombardo referred to a preliminary police report released January 19 that said Paddock meticulously planned the attack, researched police SWAT tactics, rented hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigated potential targets in at least four US cities. 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.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said video footage, 911 call audio and documents relating to the massacre would be released on a rolling basis.

An officer grabs an assault-style rifle from the ledge of a broken window and other weapons are found around the room.

"I'm really thinking this is just a one-guy thing", one officer says.

"That's our shooter over there", one officer stated.

The released footage comprised of several videos. "For that, we apologize", Lombardo told reporters during a news briefing Tuesday, during which he did not take questions.

Police say Paddock, an amateur gambler, opened fire on about 22,000 concertgoers from his hotel room at around 10:05 p.m. on October 1, killing dozens people and injuring more than 800 in the course of about 10 minutes.


The videos came after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department refused to release the footage from the incident. But the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas went on.

Despite the release of the videos, Paddock's motive for carrying out the deadliest shooting in modern US history remains a mystery. Officer Levi Hancock entered the suite first but his body camera was off, meaning the initial moments in the room aren't viewable.

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.

"He has an intricate camera system set up", one of the first officers to arrive in the suite observes, "so he knew when officers were coming down the hallway".

Paddock opened fire on a country music festival from his suite at the resort hotel in October, pumping bullets into a massive crowd that had gathered on the Las Vegas Strip.

The department requires officers with body cameras to activate them during calls that lead to interaction with residents and searches.

In another video, an officer drives in a police auto searching for the shooter's location. Lombardo emphasized that the release of the video and other records would most likely retraumatize survivors and family members and that it would also put stress, both emotional and financial, on the department.

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