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Bodycam footage of police breaching Las Vegas shooter's room is released

Bodycam footage of police breaching Las Vegas shooter's room is released

They take note of the wires that web throughout the room, but relax when they see that they're linked to an elaborate camera system: they see one perched on a service cart outside the room, and another attached over the peephole.

One officer identifies a surveillance camera Paddock had set up in front of the door.

This photo from police officer video body camera footage on October 1, 2017, provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows officers searching hallways during the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history by Stephen Paddock, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, released Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

The footage's release came after a judge sided with media organisations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public.

In an tower Stephen Paddock was unlocking a hail of gunfire from his hotel bundle window, killing 58 people and injuring countless more. He ultimately turned the gun on himself before police could arrest him.

"Looks like it might be a camera of some sort", the officer says.

"A lot", another officer responds.

Police said Paddock, 64, acted alone, and his motive remains a mystery.

The footage reveals the chaos and confusion the Las Vegas police encountered as they searched for the position of the shooter.

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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. An officer told others to watch where they were stepping.

The footage doesn't show what the first officer through the door saw because he didn't activate his body-worn camera. Several media outlets had sued to obtain 911 recordings, body camera video and other documentation after police refused a request to release the information. He said it would be onerous and hard for the police department to handle the releases and described the footage as harmful to people who were injured in the massacre or lost loved ones.

Seconds later, the officer with the camera said, "OK, we got one suspect down, 419 inside, this is clear". "Further victimization is certain to occur and is something we wanted to avoid".

Police body-camera video from the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history shows Las Vegas officers busting into the gunman's hotel room and removing a rifle near a broken window.

Mr Lombardo said on Tuesday that the department would release more recordings in batches in coming weeks.

The other materials will be made public "on a rolling basis", Lombardo said.

The bodycam film broadcast on CNN shows the drama unfolding as police response to the massacre. As they move forward, they're heard identifying a camera, spotting a rifle, and saying they're going to check under the bed. Almost two minutes later, one of the officers makes an observation. "Stay down! Stay down!"

The sheriff denied suggestions that law enforcement was trying to "hide anything" related to the shooting, saying that cost considerations, as well as concerns about the potential trauma to those affected by the shooting, had been factors in the delayed release.

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