Body cameras show Las Vegas shooting response


Police officer body camera video shows an officer amid automatic weapons found after they breached the shooter Stephen Paddock's room during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

It shows officers entering Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Sweat could be seen pouring down the face of one officer as they tried to differentiate hotel guests from the shooter himself.

A preliminary report released in January said Paddock meticulously planned the attack, researched police Swat tactics, rented hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigated potential targets in at least four USA cities.

Multiple officers walk around inspecting the room.

Paddock was found dead inside the hotel room as well - from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"He has a intricate camera system set up, out to this", the officer wearing the camera says, pointing out the open door to the hallway. "Hold on, hold on", another officer said.

"There's a whole suitcase full of loaded AK mag [azine] s", another says.

The videos came from a camera placed near the necks of two police officers.

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Police were criticized about their response when a timeline suggested there had been a six-minute delay between Paddock shooting a security guard and the gunman opening fire on the crowds below his hotel suite. "And for that, we apologize". "If anyone can advise, is it coming from Mandalay?"

"At no point was the LVMPD trying to be uncooperative with the media or the public, " he said.

An officer grabs an assault-style rifle from the ledge of a broken window and other weapons are found around the room. Automatic weapons are tightly regulated and not often used in crimes.

Officers in the videos mentioned the number of firearms scattered around the room, one saying there were at least 10 high-powered weapons.

The Associated Press obtained the footage released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department compliance with a court order issued last week. The sheriff's department did not want to release the video, saying the footage could cause further trauma to the survivors and family members. The police had denied the request to release the footage, claiming it would take too long and cost too much money.

The newly released footage also shows officers telling hotel guests elsewhere in the building to take shelter in their rooms. Police said additional videos will be coming out in the next few weeks.

Footage made public Wednesday from two officers' body-worn cameras shows Stephen Paddock's body on his back, clad in dark trousers and a long-sleeve shirt with a glove on his left hand.

Despite the release of the videos, Paddock's motive for carrying out the deadliest shooting in modern US history remains a mystery.