Police Bodycam Footage Of Las Vegas Shooting Has Finally Been Released [VIDEO]
It has been six months since the tragedy at Las Vegas’s Route 91 Harvest Music festival, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, and video footage from that day has finally been publicly released, airing on ABC’s World News Tonight.
A lawsuit from various news organizations, including ABC, had prompted the release of the videos from police body cameras. The footage reveals the inside of the 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where Stephen Paddock fired his bullets on October 1, 2017.
The SWAT team that entered the room found 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. They also discovered Paddock, already dead at his own hands.
As for why it took this long to reveal the bodycam footage, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo claimed at a news conference this Tuesday that he was justified for initially refusing to do so. “There are many reasons why we didn’t or couldn’t release hundreds of records and bodycam [footage] immediately after this incident,” he said. “Primarily, we are still investigating all the circumstances.”
Lombardo also explained the expense and manpower it takes to review and prepare the footage for release, noting, “It takes a significant amount of effort and resources for detectives to review body footage, 911 recordings, and documents.”
You can watch the footage below: