Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevada resident, opened fire on a gathering of 22,000 country music fans in Las Vegas in Sunday night. In this video, you can hear the first volley of automatic weapons fire rain down on the crowd from Paddock’s 32nd story vantage point in the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. Chaos follows.
Navy veteran, former professional poker player and social media celebrity, Dan Bilzerian was in the crowd as the attack began. In this video he uploaded during the evacuation, Bilzerian claims to have seen a woman get shot in the head, the sound of gunfire ringing out behind him. He was later criticized by Marine Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer for filming his own escape, rather than assisting as the woman died.
From his vantage point on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock did not need to rely on accuracy to effect more than 50 deaths and over 400 injuries. As you can see from this footage, the crowd of over 22,000 people gathered in the streets below him created the perfect opportunity for a single shooter in an elevated position to wreak havoc.
During breaks in gunfire, the crowd can be seen milling about, some remaining on the ground or behind cover, while others walk or run from the scene. It seems many in the crowd were uncertain as to whether the attack had ended, until more shots rang out.
After a reported 15 minutes or so of continued gunfire, local law enforcement officers able to find the room the suspect was firing from. They used breaching charges to enter the room, where they reportedly found Paddock dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
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Even before law enforcement was able to secure the shooter, first responders and civilians alike set to work, using official and non-official vehicles to ferry the dead and wounded out of the area of the attack, rushing hundreds to local hospitals. In this footage, a couple in a pickup truck are approached and asked if they could assist in getting people to the hospital, to which the woman replies, “go ahead, put them all in the back.” You can see the wounded being carried on stretchers, and even in wheelbarrows amid the chaos.
At this time, no official statement has been made regarding Stephen Paddock’s possible motive in this grizzly crime, as he has no overt links to extremist groups or ideologies that have come to light since the attack. According to his brother, he was not even an avid firearm enthusiast, begging the question, where did he get the type of automatic weapon that can be heard in this footage?
SOFREP will continue to report as details surface.
Image courtesy of the Associated Press
Article updated due to posted videos being taken down by uploaders.