The moment officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department located shooting suspect Stephen Paddock was captured in chilling police scanner audio.
Paddock, 64, was allegedly inside of his 32nd-floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when he fired at thousands of people attending Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday evening. At least 58 people were killed and at least another 515 were injured. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The shooting started during a headlining performance by country music star Jason Aldean, and a deceased Paddock was located by authorities less than two hours later. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a hotel room at Mandalay Bay following a police operation.
Officers cased the casino hotel as the shooting incident took place and narrowed Paddock’s location to the 32nd floor inside room 135.
According to police scanner traffic, officers conducting the operation to take down Paddock were in a nearby stairwell when they approached room 135. The officers spoke quietly to dispatch as they approached Paddock’s room.
“I’m on the suspects door,” one officer can be heard saying. “I need everyone in that hallway to be aware of it and get back. We need to pound this and see if we get any type of response from this guy.”
A loud thud could be heard as officers entered the room and found a deceased Paddock.
“Breach,” can be heard three times before an explosion sounds.
“We have one suspect down,” a responding officer says as they infiltrate the room.
Listen to the chilling police scanner audio from the moment police located Paddock inside his room below. The officers enter the hotel room at 32:06 in the audio:
Police say Paddock had at least 10 weapons with him in the hotel room, and he’s believed to have checked in to the hotel September 28. It’s not currently known how he got the weapons and ammunition into the room.
Marilou Danley was named a “person of interest” police immediately after the shooting because her debit/credit card was located inside Paddock’s hotel room. She was outside of the country at the time of incident and is believed to have nothing to do with the shooting.
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