This photo from police officer video body camera footage on October 1, 2017, provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows the body of shooter Stephen Paddock on the floor behind an officer, following during the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, released Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
Dramatic footage of the moment when police stormed the Mandalay Bay hotel suite of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has emerged. "Breach!" and then a loud blast is heard as an explosion rips open the door to room where the gunman is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, wearing dark pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said video footage, 911 call audio and documents relating to the massacre would be released on a rolling basis. Police also discovered multiple weapons strewn across the suite, as well as several cameras set up in and outside Paddock's room.
"That's our shooter over there", one officer says.
The released footage comprised of several videos.
"For that, we apologize", said the elected head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He called the preparation and release of the information sought by media outlets in a public records lawsuit a "monumental task" that diverts resources from police work.
The footage reveals the chaos and confusion the Las Vegas police encountered as they searched for the position of the shooter.More news: California death linked to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
Authorities said the Las Vegas gunman had prepared carefully for the attack as well as the sprawling inquiry that would ensue, saying in court filings that he worked "to thwart the eventual law enforcement investigation".
Despite the release of the videos, Paddock's motive for carrying out the deadliest shooting in modern USA history remains a mystery.
The first officer to enter the room had not activated his body camera, but the scene was recorded from the bodycam of an officer following closely behind.
An officer told BuzzFeed news additional footage will be released in the coming weeks. For that, we apologise, " he said.
A police spokeswoman said nobody from the agency would comment on the videos, whether the first officer followed procedure or whether he had been disciplined.
The videos show Paddock's arsenal of rifles scattered on the floor and on chairs in the room.
Police were criticized about their response when a timeline suggested there had been a six-minute delay between Paddock shooting a security guard and the gunman opening fire on the crowds below his hotel suite.