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Police release officers’ accounts of Las Vegas shooting

FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, police to the scene of a shooting in the vicinity of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. In documents made public Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, the police in Las Vegas have released transcripts of some of the officers’ stories about what they saw, heard and did try to find and stop a gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history for nearly 15 months earlier. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS – Documents made public Thursday again told how police officers took cover next to the patrol vehicles on the Las Vegas Strip, while a gunman rained bullets from a high-rise hotel in an open-air music festival during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history, nearly 15 months ago.

Also in the statements of 18 of the hundreds of officials who responded to the shooting were the accounts of the police form assault teams and working their way along the hotel corridors in the Mandalay Bay resort to blasting with explosives by bullets riddled the doors of a 32nd floor to find a room shooter Stephen Paddock’s death in the midst of a cache of assault-style rifles.

A group of advanced along the sides of the hall, where a hotel security guard was injured earlier, while another went downstairs then, to come to an emergency exit stairwell close to Paddock’s door.

Was absent no new information about the Paddock is the motive for the attack is that 58 people were killed and wounded, 869 at the end of Oct. 1, 2017.

Officer Joseph Jones later told department investigators, it is not clear when he came out as the shooter was inside or outside. But he said that he saw flashes of a top-floor window before he and the other officers began to run in the direction of the hotel.

“We heard automatic rifle fire,” Jones said, adding in a transcription declaration that his officer’s body-worn camera recording when he came to find concert-goers on the flight the Route 91 Harvest Festival grounds across the street from the hotel.

“Sometimes you could see some flashes,” Jones said, “but once we started to move … I could not see it anymore.”

Authorities determined that Paddock, a 64-year-old millionaire accountant, real estate investor and high-limit video poker player, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head before the police reached him.

Researchers determined that Paddock fired more than 1000 shots in 11 minutes the windows, and down the interior hall. They did not determine what motivated him to meticulously plan and execute the massacre.

Officer Aden Gomez Ocampo, a department spokesman, declined Thursday to comment.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo explained the police investigation ended in August, issuing a report that said hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of investigations, found no motive, no conspiracy and no other shooters.

Weekly releases of intelligence information to the media have continued, under order of a court in a public records lawsuit by media organizations, including The Associated Press. The material has included clips of nearly 1200 officer body camera videos, many hours of the 911 audio recordings and dozens of handwritten and transcribed testimonies.

A recent FBI report, expected to a behavioral analysis of the Paddock, is expected soon.

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