News ID: 201979
Published: 0919 GMT October 08, 2017

First impressions of Las Vegas shooter's hotel room revealed

First impressions of Las Vegas shooter's hotel room revealed
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Stephen Paddock, who killed 59 people and injured hundreds more in last week’s shooting spree in Las Vegas, had carefully calculated the trajectory and the drop of the bullets he fired at the crowd of more than 20,000 people attending a country music festival, police officers who were the first to enter his hotel room told media.

A note found in the suite of a high-rise hotel Paddock stayed in featured handwritten calculations on how to maximize the accuracy of his fire to kill as many people as he possibly could, sputniknews.com reported.

"I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd," David Newton, one of the three police officers who stormed into Paddock’s hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel overlooking the crowd gathered across the street, said in an interview on CBS News’ program ‘60 Minutes’ that aired on Sunday.

"So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there," Newton added.

The officers were the first to see the body of Stephen Paddock, who had taken his own life, and an arsenal of at least 23 semi-automatic rifles — 12 of which were equipped with bump-stocks, or rapid fire devices — found inside his hotel room.

David Newton described his first impressions of Paddock’s hotel room as they moved in amid the flashing lights of a fire alarm set off by an explosive, which had been used to blow through the door.

"Very eerie. Yeah, the dust from the explosive breach. And then you have the flashing lights," Newton said. "And that looked straight, like, out of a movie, you know?"

On the night of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant with a penchant for gambling, opened fire on a large crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500.

About an hour after firing ceased, he was found dead in his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive still remains unknown.

Daesh claimed responsibly for Sunday’s massacre, but investigators have found no known nexus to terror or connections to any terrorist organization.

   
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