Newly released police body camera video shows just what police were dealing with as they approached gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room the night of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
At one point Las Vegas Metro Police officers blew open a stairwell door to gain access to the 32 floor where the gunman carried out his violent attack on concert goers below.
After entering Paddock’s hotel room police discovered his body on the floor. Officers say he committed suicide before they reached the adjoining rooms.
Inside the rooms police discovered more than 20 assault riffles Paddock used to fire from broken windows at the crowd of 22,000, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more.
The body camera video released Wednesday includes more than two hours of footage from two of the officers to first reach the gunman’s room. Another did not activate his camera.
The Las Vegas Police Department released the footage Wednesday after news organizations went to court requesting the videos and documents related to the investigation.
“We believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community. For that, we apologize,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.
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