As Stephen Paddock fired into the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas last year, concertgoers were jumping over dead bodies to reach safety and watching their parents bleed from the mouth.
More than 1200 pages of redacted witness statements released by Las Vegas Police paint a harrowing picture of the confusion and fear suffered by those who were shot at during a Jason Aldean concert on October 1 2017.
Stephen Paddock fired more than 1100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 58 and injuring hundreds. He was later found dead in his room, surrounded by guns and bullet casings.
One woman told police she was laying next to her mother as gunfire rained down, when she said told her daughter she had been hit.
‘She said “I got hit, I got hit” – I then saw blood come out of her mouth,’ the woman said in parts of the documents published by NBC.
Statements from witnesses of one of the nation’s worst mass shootings have been released by Las Vegas police
Concert goers spoke of jumping over dead bodies to get to safety and of seeing their friends and even parents get shot
Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 58 and injured hundreds as he fired more than 1100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel
Many ducked for cover with friends or relatives, and one man said a police officer was driving through the horrific scene ‘throwing’ injured people into a pickup truck and taking them to hospital
At the hospitals, hallways were lined with stretchers carrying the wounded, as survivors still at the scene tried to cover the dead the best they could
Another woman told police of hospital hallways fully lined with stretchers carrying the wounded.
‘They couldn’t get the names of everybody just because there were so many people,’ she said.
Another man who visited the hospital that night said he and a group of others were piled into the tray of a pickup truck and sped off to hospital by a law enforcement official.
‘I got hit running, right in the back,’ he told police.
He said an officer ‘threw me and several other people’ into the tray of the truck before taking the group of injured people to hospital, in documents seen by CNN.
One woman told police about the moment her friend was hit and could not get up.
She pleaded with her friend, before a man stepped in and tried CPR, and a second man finally came and placed a red bandanna over the woman’s face.
More than 1200 pages of redacted witness statements were released on Wednesday, which showed the raw fear and confusion victims felt as bullets rained down from above
One man said the concert area was ‘lit up like a fishbowl’ and people desperately trying to escape were confronted with the gore of what was happening
A woman is seen sitting along on a curb nearby the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history
Bodies were covered with sheets as first responders worked to help the injured out of the concert area
Stephen Paddock broke two of his windows before firing for about 10 minutes onto about 22,000 people watching a Jason Aldean set below
A Las Vegas woman who had attended the country music concert told police she saw a man drop to the ground with his ‘eyes wide open, lifeless’.
The woman then sprinted for cover on the stage, jumping over the dead body of a security guard on her way there, and texted her sister-in-law: ‘OMG, there’s tons of gunshots and people dead everywhere!’.
Making matters worse, one man told police he was confronted by the full gruesome reality of the situation when floodlights came on at the concert venue.
He said the concert area, now spattered with blood and full of dead and injured people: ‘lit up like a fishbowl’.
Other witnesses told police about their personal interactions with the shooter, whose motive has still not been determined more than six months on.
A housekeeper at the Mandalay Bay hotel said Paddock would stay in the room as she cleaned.
The 64-year-old would sit at his computer and usually order soup from room service, and would stare at her while she worked.
A man who claimed to have met Paddock just weeks before the shooting told police the man had been paranoid law enforcement and the military had a plan to start taking away people’s guns.
Pictured: The inside of Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite as it was when police barged in
Paddock had shot himself and was seen with his head lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bullet casings. Guns were seen strewn all over the room
A man who spoke to Paddock weeks before the mass shooting said the 64-year-old was paranoid the military and police were plotting to take away people’s guns
He said Paddock believed FEMA camps set up after Hurricane Katrina were ‘a dry run for law enforcement and military to start kickin’ down doors and … confiscating guns’.
Paddock reportedly told the man, whose name was redacted, that somebody needed to wake up the American public and get them to arm themselves.
Authorities have characterized Paddock as a gambler on a losing streak who was obsessed with cleanliness.
They said he may have been bipolar and having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend, who was in the Philippines when the shooting occurred.
Paddock was a retired accountant who amassed a millionaire’s fortune, owned homes in Reno and Mesquite and earned casino perks wagering thousands of dollars on high-stakes video poker.
Police reported finding just $273 in cash the hotel room where Paddock was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Paddock, a retired millionaire who was believed to be on a gambling losing streak, was found with only $273 in cash in his room