Newly Released Footage Shows Final Days of Las Vegas Gunman

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
March 23, 2018US News
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Newly Released Footage Shows Final Days of Las Vegas Gunman
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stands in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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New surveillance footage shows the final days of Las Vegas Gunman Stephen Paddock, in the lead up to the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The footage, released on Thursday, March 22, is provided by MGM Resorts and is featured among multiple other clips first published by the New York Times.

Video captures Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino back when he first checked into the hotel on Sept. 25, 2017.

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Stephen Paddock’s driver’s license photo. (LVMPD)

In the clips, Paddock can be seen repeatedly leaving the hotel for his home in Mesquite, before returning with a dark minivan loaded with suitcases.

Staff can be seen stacking his luggage on carts and helping him transport at least 21 bags over the course of 7 days. We now know later that they were filled with guns and ammunition.

As they take the elevator together, Paddock can be seen casually chatting with the staff and even cracking some jokes and tipping them.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is seen, in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 3, 2017, after a gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others, before taking his own life, when he opened fire from a hotel on a country music festival. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is seen, in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 3, 2017, after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others, before taking his own life. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Other clips show him eating alone at the resort’s sushi restaurant and making snack runs to the gift shop. He also can be seen gambling on video poker machines.

The resort’s employees are the only people Paddock interacts with, according to the surveillance footage.

Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 as he shot into the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Oct. 1.

MGM resorts spokesperson Debra DeShong said in a statement the video was released “in the interest of providing greater context around Stephen Paddock’s actions in the days leading up to Oct. 1,” according to the New York Post.

“As the security footage demonstrates, Stephen Paddock gave no indication of what he planned to do and his interactions with staff and overall behavior were all normal,” the statement said. “MGM and Mandalay Bay could not reasonably foresee that a long-time guest with no known history of threats or violence and behaving in a manner that appeared outwardly normal, would carry out such an inexplicably evil, violent and deadly act.”

“Our focus continues to be on supporting victims and their families, our guests and employees, and cooperating with law enforcement with their ongoing investigation,” DeShong added.

The motive behind the shooting still remains unclear.

 

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