New footage released of Vegas shooter's final days

Surveillance Video Shows Las Vegas Gunman Days Before Massacre

The New York Times obtained surveillance footage of Paddock's time at the Mandalay Bay hotel in the days before the massacre. The chief of the FBI's Las Vegas office said in December that the agency probably wouldn't brief the public until their report is released sometime before the tragedy's first anniversary.

While further autopsy results provide no clues into what contributed to Paddock's motives in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, toxicology and brain examination found the 64-year-old had large amounts of nordiazepam, oxazepan and temazepan in his system, which are consistent with the anti-anxiety drug Valium. It's speculated that this was another area he scoped to commit this awful shooting, given that he researched the festival's music line up and projected attendance, according to The New York Times. During the week he stayed at the Mandalay Bay suite, he stopped twice at the Ogden on his way in and out of the city.

In these moments he can be seen making kind and considerate bell-boys unwitting accomplices in his crime.

The videos, published by The New York Times, show Paddock gambling at casino machines, talking with hotel staff, walking through the lobby and sitting at a restaurant.


Numerous suitcases presumably held the firearms he used in the attack. A bellman takes Paddock to the service elevator, and Paddock gets inside with his luggage cart to go to his room. He cracks a joke.

Mandalay Bay employees are virtually the only people with whom Mr. Paddock interacts in the surveillance footage. A staff member greets him, and they shake hands.

But his movements are otherwise sedate, deliberate, unobtrusive, so much so that when he raises a hand to scratch his face in the elevator at one point, the extra movement registers as significant, even sinister. Mr. Paddock pauses to let them off, then gets on.

In this September 25, 2017, security camera image released by MGM Resorts, Stephen Paddock is shown at the VIP counter checking into the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. He is on his way upstairs, where his guns await.

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