Body-cam shows tense moments after Vegas massacre


Body cam footage from officers responding to the Las Vegas shooting last October shows them finding the body of gunman Stephen Paddock in a pool of blood in his hotel suite, and removing one of his rifles from a shattered window.

People were still playing slot machines as an officer told an employee: "There's a shooter. He's shot and killed multiple people already". The footage reveals the inside of the 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where Stephen Paddock fired his bullets on October 1, 2017. "Looks like it might be a camera of some sort", the officer can be heard saying.

"Breach. Breach. Breach!" an officer says before a loud blast rings out. The area appears dark, with part of one room lit only by Paddock's laptop, as the fire alarm flashes and sounds.

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

Investigators believe the 64-year-old acted alone in the attack and fatally shot himself before officers burst through the door of his hotel suite.

The footage does not show what the first officer through the door saw because he didn't activate his body-worn camera. The disclosure by police lawyers late on Tuesday raised questions about whether officers followed department policy.

Whilst the most unexpected mass capturing contemporary USA history was occurring, persons indoors a vegas lodge continued to gamble, seemingly oblivious of their massacre occurring just out.

The release of the documents and footage was done to ensure that the public had confidence in the transparency of the police investigation, Lombardo said.

Lombardo said there were hundreds of hours of body camera footage from the night of the shooting, according to The Associated Press.

There had been criticism of the police's response with reports that there was a six-minute delay between Paddock shooting a security guard and then opening fire on the crowd below the hotel.

"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".

The police department's policy requires officers to activate body cameras during calls that result in interaction with citizens and searches.

The officers work their way up to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel.

Department lawyers told a judge that there were nearly 750 hours of body-camera recordings and volumes of 911 audio recordings. Media organizations - including The Washington Post - argued in court that the department should have to make public recordings, 911 calls, affidavits and interview reports, among other things.

Authorities say more will be released in coming weeks.

"I don't know how this footage will be played in the media, but I want to warn you, if you are a survivor or a family who lost a loved one, you should know the video from this concert is disturbing and graphic", Lombardo said, adding that he believed the release of the footage and other materials "will further traumatize a wounded community".