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LAS VEGAS – Traffic surveillance video of the Las Vegas Strip and in the air photos Wednesday by the police offered unique statements but very little new information about the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history.
The records released by Las Vegas police under court orders, six hours of footage of a fixed-wing aircraft and some 41 hours of the street scenes from two cameras that began 15 hours for the Oct. 1 shoot and ended 36 hours later.
A quick scan showed silent images of police cars streaming past colorful neon-lit casino facades after the reports of the shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured.
The footage shows people gesturing in the direction of the ambulances that the scene. Shadows can be seen of people on a footbridge and with each other as they are out of the darkness and past the camera.
A portion of the traffic video has a time stamp of when the shots were fired from the high-rise Mandalay Bay resort in an open-air concert crowd. However, no flashes of gunfire, it appears from the site about a block from the hotel and the Route 91 Harvest Festival took place.
Video of the next morning turns out to be a broken 32nd floor of a window, such as a missing tooth of the gold window, the hotel facade.
Aerial video also shows the side of the hotel where the gunman fired for 10 minutes, and it contains a creepy infrared eye-in-the-sky images of the police surveying apartments and parking spaces in the area.
After the daylight, the traffic goes back to near-normal on the street and investigators wearing yellow jackets are seen from above, the inspection of the dirt around the grandstand, VIP area and green area, where 22,000 people left, mobile phones, drinking cups, chairs and shoes to flee the barrage of bullets from a rapid-fire assault-style weapons.
The material released Wednesday, nearly eight months after the murder, was the fourth party in the public registers to be made public without comment, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo or his department.
Lombardo has warned that release of the records “further traumatize a wounded community.”
The police and the FBI have said that they do not know the motive for the attack, but determined the gunman acted alone and that the shooting had no link with international terrorism.
Media, including The Associated Press sued to force the police to release the records officers’ body camera video, shipping logs, witness accounts and officer reports.
Lawyers of the department against the release of the information, which is the costly and time-consuming to edit and say the documents could disclose investigative techniques.
The authorities say that Stephen Paddock, 64, a real estate investor and high-stakes player, amassed an arsenal of almost two dozen assault-style rifles and lots of high-capacity ammunition magazines in the suite of the hotel where he broke the windows and opened fire on the concert crowd.
On 2 May, police made public a few hours of the video with images of the two officers’ body cameras show the police are blasting through the door of the room where authorities say Paddock killed himself before officers arrived. Paddock is seen dead on the ground.
Two weeks later, the department released 1,200 pages of police reports with witness statements and officer accounts, including statements by at least two persons, who said that a person she believed to be Paddock rampage in the days leading up to the attack on the federal government and gun control.
The claims of the people and the others could not be verified because the names of the witnesses were blacked out.
The release last week of about 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements, and dispatch logs for more information about the chaos, confusion and heroism as the concert hall became a killing field. The records also provided information on how the officers and hotel security responded.
Some reports described officers race from casino to casino, while debunking reports of multiple shooters and bomb threats. Other officers in harm’s way to protect wounded and on the run concert-goers.
Associated Press reporter Brian Skoloff in Phoenix contributed to this report.