Newly released surveillance video shows Vegas shoot Stephen Paddock’s eerily mundane steps in the week before he killed 58 people
Chilling surveillance video shows Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s movements at the Mandalay Bay over the course of a week, in which he brings 21 suitcases to his room, carrying the arsenal for his attack.
What makes his movements so disturbing is he is completely unassuming, going about his business, gambling, eating alone and getting snacks at the gift shop, in the video obtained exclusively by the New York Times via MGM Resorts.
Paddock, 64, is also seen frequently tipping the bellhops who are helping him with the luggage that he brings in over the course of several trips. They are completely unaware of the stockpile inside the bags they are assisting him with.
He also tips valets who assist him in getting his car for his trips into and out of the hotel.
Sometimes he brings luggage out of the hotel with him as well.
He seems polite and unhurried during the course of his stay. In the video it appears that this trip is simply a solo vacation for the 6’4 VIP gambler.
Paddock pictured dead of a self inflicted gunshot would to the head in his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel on the 32 floor
At one point in the video he is seen smiling at a woman walking nearby his high stakes slot perch.
Paddock leaves the Mandalay Bay several times in the video. Cell phone records obtained by the Times indicate that his trips include returning to his home in Mesquite.
During his trip to Mesquite on Wednesday, he first stops at the Ogden Hotel six miles away from Mandalay Bay before heading home.
Mesquite is about 90 mibnute drive from the casino.
He stays over night at his home and on Thursday he heads to a gun shop where he buys a 308 bolt action rifle, and heads to a nearby gun range, before heading back to the Mandalay Bay.
He uses the valet to bring up a white container and three other suitcases to his room.
He rents the adjoining room next to his under his girlfriend’s name.
Friday, Paddock tells room service to leave his room service carts where he later sets up survillance cameras.
During the early morning hours of Saturday he makes another brief trip to Mesquite and returns with more luggage.
After noon on Saturday he places Do Not Disturb signs on the doors.
He makes one more final trip to Mesquite, returning around 3am and gambles in the high limits slot area, and returns to his room at 7:37am.
It is now October 1, and in 10 hours he will start his rampage on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, shortly after the headliner Jason Aldean takes the stage.
He stays in his room, and locks and unlocks the doors to both rooms repeatedly.
At 9:36pm he deadbolts the door to his room, four minutes later, Aldean comes on.
Paddock opened fire on the crowd at 10:05pm, and unleashed a barrage of bullets on concert goers that lasted approximately 10 minutes.
Perched in his 32 floor room, using it as a sniper’s nest, Paddock killed 58 people, before he shot himself dead.
Inside the room were 23 guns, some with scopes, multiple magazines, and a camera system that was in part trained on the hallway.
The video seemingly offers no further clues as to Paddock’s motive for carrying out the largest mass shooting in modern American history.
Bullet casings, broken glass and a hammer are scattered around the windows of the room from where Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the country music festival
In the week leading up to the carnage Paddock played high stakes slot machines, and ambled about the Mandalay Bay as a VIP gambler seemingly on a solo vacation
Two people take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1
Police cordon off the crime scene area where Paddock unleashed a barrage of bullets
MGM Resorts released a statement to FOX5 Vegas regarding releasing the footage:
‘In the interest of providing greater context around Stephen Paddock’s actions in the days leading up to October 1, MGM Resorts has released these security videos and images.’
‘As the security footage demonstrates, Stephen Paddock gave no indication of what he planned to do and his interactions with staff and overall behavior were all normal.’
‘MGM and Mandalay Bay could not reasonably foresee that a long-time guest with no known history of threats or violence and behaving in a manner that appeared outwardly normal, would carry out such an inexplicably evil, violent and deadly act.’
Our focus continues to be on supporting victims and their families, our guests and employees, and cooperating with law enforcement with their ongoing investigation.’