Dramatic footage of the moment when police stormed the Mandalay Bay hotel suite of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has emerged.
Las Vegas police released some officer body-camera video on Thursday of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and injured almost 500 when he opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
According to four separate videos posted by Las Vegas Review-Journal, footage showed officers’ cautious entrance into the hotel in tactical gear, before breaching Paddock’s room.
The videos come from two officers’ body-worn cameras as they respond to gunfire and sweep the premises.
Officers are seen at the door of the gunman’s suite, as a voice on the radio says: “Breach. Breach. Breach.” Then a loud blast is heard.
Authorities can be heard shouting to each other to say they have checked parts of the room.
Police step into the room, with one saying “there’s a 413 on the ground”. According to CNN this is police code for a person with a gun.
Officers were also seen noticing multiple cameras set up by Paddock down the hallway of his hotel suite, and a “camera of some sort” on his room service cart, which blocked the door.
One officer is seen removing a rifle near a broken window. It also shows officers inside a room reportedly reading an address off Paddock’s driver’s licence.
Another angle shows officers in a stairwell as they walk down a hallway behind armoured shields.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said further video footage, 911 call audio and documents relating to the massacre will be released in the coming weeks.
“I don’t know how this footage will be played in the media, but I want to warn you, if you are a survivor or a family who lost a loved one, you should know the video from this concert is disturbing and graphic,” he said.
The Associated Press, CNN and other media outlets sued to obtain videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and interview reports.