Authorities have released terrifying police bodycam footage revealing the chaotic search for the Las Vegas gunman.
On Sunday at around 22:30 (05:30 GMT), America witnessed its deadliest mass shooting in modern history, as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire into crowds at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, leaving 59 people dead and over 500 injured.
Police have now released bodycam footage showing a local unit trying to locate the shooter amid the horrifying crackle of automatic gunfire.
You can watch it here:
In the first clip you can see the police unit sheltering behind a breeze block wall which faces Mandalay Bay – the hotel from which Paddock was shooting.
After initial shots, the police can then be heard shouting at members of the public, urging them to ‘get down’ and find cover.
Many were asking the officers if the sounds they heard were fireworks.
In the second clip, which also shows the police sheltering behind another breeze block wall, you can hear the unit attempting to locate the shooter.
Able to glimpse the hotel in the distance, one officer at ground level can be heard yelling:
North of the Mandalay Bay, it’s coming out of a window.
We see muzzle flashes from the Mandalay Bay! I can see the room.
In the same video it appears at this stage both police and festival goers believe they might be confronting multiple gunmen.
One officer can be heard saying ‘they’re shooting right at us’ amid the chaos.
Constant automatic gunfire can once again be heard in the background:
In footage from another team, a couple of officers are seen hunkering down next to a patrol vehicle on the infamous Las Vegas boulevard.
During the short clip, one of the officers also gets shot.
In a final obscured video, we are told by authorities an officer is actually standing over another woman telling her to ‘get down’ as gunfire continues.
Authorities have also said, after analysing the audio, evidence suggests the rate of fire was as many as nine rounds per second.
It’s currently believed the killer obtained his weapons legally and modified two of them to increase the rate of fire.
Police discovered dozens of guns in Paddock’s hotel room as well as a hammer believed to have been used to smash the windows.
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The attacker, Steven Paddock, has been described as a local lone-wolf who was regular in Las Vegas’ casinos.
In an interview with the BBC, his brother Eric Paddock said he was ‘completely dumbfounded’ by what happened:
We got phonecalls. We’re operating with the cops, the PD.
This is like [if you] called me up and said ‘your next-door neighbour did this’ and I say ‘Wow, my next-door neighbour did this. All I’ve seen him do is mow his yard.’
The fact my brother did this… we don’t understand. This was done like he shot us. If he’d killed my kids I couldn’t be more dumbfounded.
[He wasn’t] an avid gun guy at all. The fact he had automatic weapons… where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating and senseless act of violence.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.