Police Release Officers’ Accounts of Las Vegas Shooting

VOA FILE – Police run toward the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Oct. 1, 2017.

LAS VEGAS — Documents made public Thursday recounted anew how police officers took cover next to patrol vehicles on the Las Vegas Strip while a gunman rained bullets from a high-rise hotel into an outdoor music festival during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history almost 15 months ago.

Also among statements from 18 of the hundreds of officers who responded to the shooting were accounts of police forming attack teams and working their way along hotel hallways in the Mandalay Bay resort before blasting with explosives through bullet-riddled doors of a 32nd-floor room to find shooter Stephen Paddock dead amid a cache of assault-style rifles.

One group advanced down the sides of a hallway where a hotel security guard had been wounded earlier, while another went downstairs to then come up an emergency exit stairwell close to Paddock’s door.

Absent was any new information about Paddock’s motive for the attack that killed 58 people and injured 869 late Oct. 1, 2017.

Source: VOA News Online

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