The man responsible for the horrific events at the Route 91 Music Festival in October 2017 spent an entire week stocking, plotting, and methodically planning from his high-rise suite in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Exclusive brand-new footage obtained by the New York Times shows Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock chatting cordially with hotel staff, playing hours of video poker, watching television in a sports bar, and dragging a large number of suitcases to his 32nd-floor suite.
It was his seemingly normal, plain appearance and demeanor that allowed him to fly below the radar of staffers, guests, and others while he milled about the hotel – plotting the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
Just a few days after his initial arrival, Paddock moved an entire arsenal of weaponry, ammunition, and surveillance equipment into his suite with a horrifying goal that would soon become reality.
This new footage is made of compiled parts of security cameras that recorded his every move. Coupled with the police and FBI reports of Paddock’s movements, this video shows a shockingly-clear picture of exactly how he went about committing this terrible crime.
Repeatedly, Paddock leaves the Mandalay Bay Hotel and drives an hour to his home in Mesquite, Nevada to bring more weapons and ammunition to his suite. He is seen tipping bell boys, chatting with hotel staff, and keeping a close eye on his luggage in the service elevators.
As he moves large quantities of weapons to his room, nobody notices anything peculiar about him. He behaves in a way that doesn’t arouse suspicion, nor cause alarm. They have no idea that he will soon use the contents of his luggage to kill 58 people and injure hundreds more.
For all the detail that this video provides and the step-by-step tracking of Paddock’s movements, nobody is any closer to finding out why he chose to commit this horrible act of violence.
Watch the full New York Times video and narration below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost their lives and were affected by this terrible event.
Warning: the footage below may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.