Las Vegas Police have release body cam footage that shows the moments during and following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, carried out by Steven Paddock in October 2017.
Paddock open fire from his adjoining hotel rooms, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
The footage was released to the Associated Press in response to a lawsuit brought by a number of news organizations seeking video and documentation related to the shooting.
The footage shows the moments after police officers entered Paddock’s room to find that he was dead from a self-inflicted shot. Footage of officers entering another hotel room that was open to warn guests can also be seen.
In the video of officers entering Paddocks’s room, one can be heard to say, “That’s our shooter over there.”
The officer wearing the camera responds, “OK, we got one suspect down … this is clear.”
Semi-automatic rifles can clearly be seen strewn around the room as multiple officers walk around.
At another point in the video, an officer identifies the system Paddock used to know police were approaching: “He has an intricate camera system set up, out to this. So he knew when officers were coming down the hallway.”
Around two and a half hours of police video was released after the Nevada Supreme Court refused the Las Vegas Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s request to delay its release.
Police had argued that releasing the footage would “further traumatize a wounded community,” and said reviewing the footage would expend too much funds and manpower. At a news conference prior to the release, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters, “It takes a significant amount of effort and resources for detectives to review, approve body camera footage, 911 recordings and documents for release.”
See the footage at Associated Press