The Clark County Sheriff’s Office have released an 81-page report on the mass shooting on October 1, 2017. Click here to read. As The New York Times reveals, the document contains several surprising details, including the promise of an indictment . . .
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a news conference that while he was confident that Stephen Paddock was the only gunman, there was another person under investigation who is likely to be charged in the next two months.
Not Paddock’s girlfriend. So who? Someone who knew about the attack beforehand and did nothing to stop it? A gun dealer? Private seller?
Paddock was no stranger to either. From the report:
From 1982 through September of 2016, Paddock purchased 29 firearms. These purchases consisted of handguns, shotguns and one rifle. From October 2016 through September 2017, Paddock purchased over 55 firearms
Here’s the cops’ inventory of Paddock’s firearms and related items:
The report also contains a description of SWAT officer’s negligent discharge as the team breached Paddock’s hotel room.
Approximately 2326 hours
The Strike Team made a second explosive breach from inside of room 32-135 into room 32-134 through the connecting doors . . .
SWAT Officer Hancock breached the door.
Immediately following the explosive breach, SWAT Officer O’Donnell, had one negligent discharge of a three round burst from his rifle.
Officers in the hallway heard the shots fired and broadcasted shots had been fired inside the room. Officers flooded into room 32-134 through the breached adjoining connector door.
While the mainstream media is saying that investigators still haven’t found a motive for the attack, The Times let’s this slip . . .
Law enforcement officials believe Mr. Paddock had recently lost a “significant amount of wealth,” and that may have led him to open fire from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
This is the theory I mooted at the beginning: that Paddock opened fire on the crowd below his room to take revenge on the casinos/city he held responsible for his [previously reported] gambling losses. Aggravated by his psychopathic nature (analyzed by our JWT) and general descent into madness.
Mr. Paddock complained often to friends and family members about pain and fatigue. But the doctor who had been his primary care physician since 2009 said that the only major ailment he had was from a slip and fall at a casino in 2013, when he tore a muscle.
The doctor told investigators that Mr. Paddock was “odd” and showed “little emotion.” While he believed Mr. Paddock may have had bipolar disorder, Mr. Paddock refused to discuss it or take antidepressants, though he did accept anti-anxiety medication. Mr. Paddock often refused to take medication, he said.
I wonder if Mr. Paddock told the Doc about his homicidal urges or his taste for child porn. Here’s an excerpt from the fourth official timeline for the incident. (This one has Paddock firing into the crowd before shooting at Mandalay Bay Security Guard Jesus Campos.)
Approximately 2205 hours
– Engineer Schuck was contacted by the maintenance dispatcher via his radio.
– Paddock fired two single gunshots into the Las Vegas Village area.
– Paddock fired an undetermined amount of gunshots into the Las Vegas Village area.
Approximately 2206 hours
– Security Officer Campos ended the phone call and hung up the house phone. After
hanging up the phone, Security Officer Campos heard what he described as rapid drilling
– Paddock fired approximately 100 rounds into the Las Vegas Village area.
– Security Officer Campos began walking down the 100-wing toward Center Core.
– Engineer Schuck was told by his supervisor to go to the 32nd floor.
– LVMPD unit 169SE broadcast over the Convention Center Area Command (CCAC) radio
channel, “169SE, we got shots fired, 415A at the Route 91. Sounded like an automatic
– Paddock fired rounds down the hallway at Security Officer Campos. Security Officer
Campos was struck in the left calf with a bullet fragment. He took cover in the alcove
between rooms 32-124 and 32-122.
We now know the identity of the two LVMPD officers who were in the Mandalay Bay Hotel when Paddock opened fire on the crowd and then Security Guard Campos: Officers Hendrex and Varsin. And why they were there. From the report:
As the active shooter incident was occurring, two LVMPD officers were in the security office of the Mandalay Bay handling a call for service reference two females who were in custody for trespassing.
The officers heard the radio broadcast of gunfire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Both officers, along with security personnel, exited the security office and responded towards the Las Vegas Village.
As they were making their way through the casino, security personnel advised the officers of an active shooter on the 32nd floor of the hotel.
The officers then directed security to escort them to that location. The officers and security personnel entered the Center Core guest elevators and were again advised the shooter was on the 32nd floor.
The officers made a tactical decision to respond to the 31st floor and take the stairwell to the 32nd floor.
The report provides an explanation for the officer’s “tactical decision” to respond to the wrong floor.
There was conflicting information on the exact location of the shooter(s) whether it was on the 31st, 32nd , or the 33rd floors.
While on the elevator they decided to check all three floors.
As the door opened on the 31st floor, Security Managers Oelke and Umstott and LVMPD Officers Hendrex and Varsin exited and walked up the 100 wing upon hearing gunshots coming from an unknown direction.
Security Manager Sottile and Engineer Alsbury continued to the 32nd floor on the elevator.
So we have the hotel security team going to the correct floor via elevator while the LVMPD officers were on the 31st floor.
Which they reached at 22:16. They then walked up the stairs to the 32nd floor and “posted up to block any possible escape by the shooter.”
The report says the gunfire had stopped by the time the LVMPD officers arrived at the 32nd floor.
As LVMPD officers arrived on the 32nd Floor, they proceeded up the 300 wing, officers made entry into rooms and searched for occupants.
Engineer Schuck redirected the officers to the 100 wing where the shooting had been coming from. The sound of gunfire had ceased so the officers conducted slow and methodical evacuations as they moved up the hallway.
The report fails to answer the key question about the police and hotel’s response to Mr. Paddock’s attack: could the two LVMPD officers and/or the armed Mandalay Bay security team have made it the killer’s room before he stopped firing?
Call me Mr. Skeptical, but did they arrive in time to [potentially] save at least some of the lives lost on the street below?
It’s a question that’s going to play a central role in the inevitable lawsuit against the Mandalay Bay Hotel and its parent company MGM Resorts International. Watch this space.