POLICE who reached the Las Vegas hotel room where a gunman unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history busted in with shields and found his body and weapons scattered around, police body-camera videos show.
It shows officers entering Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was found dead from self-inflicted gunfire.
"Did he have any scoped weapons over there?" an officer asked.
The footage represents a sample of hundreds of hours of body-camera recordings that police say don't answer why Paddock opened fire. "There are many reasons why we didn't or couldn't release hundreds of records and bodycam [footage] immediately after this incident", he said.
"I see a guy switching guns, not reloading", another officer is heard saying in the video as the team examines Paddock's room.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters on Tuesday that the Las Vegas police department would be releasing more bodycam recordings, as well audio from the 911 calls and documents related to the mass shooting, in the coming weeks.
'What is seen on those videos in no way changes the facts that we were able to clarify for you shortly after the crime, ' he said.
The footage was released after several media organizations, including CNN, argued that police information on what happened that night should be released.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Carla Alston said on Wednesday that no one in the agency would comment about whether the first officer through the door followed proper procedure by not turning on his camera or whether he had been disciplined for violating policies.
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As soon as within the room, one officer mentioned, "These are cameras pointed down the hallway", probably referring to the cameras that Paddock had arrange outdoors his room.
"That's our shooter over there", one officer says.
For example, the department had to reassign detectives from their "primary responsibility" to go over the reports and footage before they were made public, and some personnel would have to endure reliving the shooting, he said.
LVMPD released 3 hours of video on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's fascinating as a result of that is nonetheless probably the most extreme mass capturing in USA historical past, the numbers of people that had been injured and killed had been nonetheless the very best and most extreme... and but this story has fallen silent", she added.
"So there is no conspiracy between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, between the (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) and MGM (the hotel owner)". For that, we apologise, " he said.
Lombardo denied that police were trying to be uncooperative.
The timeline raised questions about why police didn't arrive on the scene sooner. "And I am absolutely offended with that characterization", Lombardo said on October 13.