After Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers from his perch stories above them, officers cautiously crept up a hallway as they prepared to storm the gunman’s Las Vegas suite, CNN reported.
“Breach. Breach. Breach,” a voice said on a police radio. Then, a loud blast was heard.
Las Vegas police on Wednesday released body camera footage from officers who entered Paddock’s hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino immediately after October’s mass shooting.
The footage showed the moments before officers swarmed the room, where Paddock’s body was discovered. The video also shows police sweeping the premises.
Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and injured almost 500 when he opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers.
One video clip shows that police moved forward after the explosion and waited in a doorway as the hotel’s alarm went off. Take a look.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released more than two hours of body camera video Wednesday showing how officers responded to the gunman’s room during the shooting rampage in October. The release of the police footage and 911 calls from that night was a result of a lawsuit from several media organizations, including The New York Times.
The videos came from a camera placed near the necks of two police officers. While all officers are required to wear the cameras, the first officer who entered the room that night did not activate his body camera, according to the Las Vegas sheriff, Joseph Lombardo.
The footage offers a glimpse into several challenges officers had that night.
The vastness of the resort meant it took several minutes for officers to find the room on the 32nd floor.Why now? Why are we just now seeing the footage? The answer is more likely because the investigation is still ongoing but it does raise more questions.