Authorities in Las Vegas Release More Documents from October 2017 Shooting Investigation

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

One woman said she pleaded with her friend to get up, but that woman wasn't moving and her lips had turned blue.

But back in February, Clark County District Court Judge Richard Scotti had ruled that police must release the documents, saying the public had a right to know if police were doing their job properly.

He says he reached the 32nd floor through an elevator after noticing the stairwell door that leads to the hallway was locked or secured.

Many said they stayed in place until the gunfire briefly stopped and then they ran for cover.

A man who worked for Caesars Entertainment who had known Paddock for years said Paddock was a regular guest for several years but Caesars took out his favorite video poker machines. He says he chatted with him from time to time while Paddock gambled.

The host's name was redacted from police reports made public Wednesday.

The release of the documents came more than seven months after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from a casino high-rise into a concert crowd of 22,000 people at an open-air venue on the Las Vegas Strip.

A United States woman who witnessed the chaos of the mass shooting in Las Vegas says she knew the sounds of gunfire were not firecrackers she saw a man nearby drop to the ground, his "eyes wide open lifeless".

As she crouched down, a massive spraying of bullets rained down and the unidentified woman thought the gunfire was coming from helicopters above.

Her account was among those provided by Las Vegas police in a DVD with witness statements and officer reports about last year's mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to the Los Angeles Times, one statement was from a man who described being at the concert with his wife and daughter. People were pressed against railings, got stuck on fences, crawled underneath the stage. She had to jump over the dead body of a security guard on her way before crawling under a stage only a few feet high.

Witness' names were blacked out from more than 1,200 pages of reports made public Wednesday by Las Vegas police.

The wounded woman told police she heard what people told her were fireworks while country music singer Jason Aldean was on stage.

He wasn't the only one in that spot who needed to get to a hospital.

Several seconds later, she fell to the ground and couldn't feel her arm.

Police documents about the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history included reports from at least two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days prior to last October's Las Vegas Strip attack about the federal government and gun control.

The information made public Wednesday follows a court battle by The Associated Press and other media organizations to obtain public records about the October 1 massacre that was the deadliest event of its kind in modern USA history.

Lawyers for the police department argued that the media's public records requests were costly and time-consuming and releasing the information could disclose investigative techniques.

Earlier this month, Las Vegas police released almost three hours of body camera footage, providing details on the officers' actions after the shooting.

It follows a court order in a public records lawsuit by The Associated Press and other media organizations.

Las Vegas police two weeks ago made public video from two officers' body cameras showing police blasting through the door of the hotel suite where Paddock is seen motionless on his back with a pool of blood staining the carpet near his head and a cache of assault-style weapons strewn about.

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