Police who blew open the door to the Las Vegas gunman’s sniper’s nest on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have, for the first time, discussed the contents of a note found on his bedside table.

Officer Dave Newton from the Las Vegas Police Department's K-9 unit will appear in a segment of CBS’s “60 Minutes” program on Sunday night, but it is already known that he will talk about the note that included the killer’s hand-written calculations about where to position himself to kill as many people as possible.

Police said the note was on the table next to one of two windows 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shattered to fire down on the crowd of 20,000 concertgoers enjoying the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd,” Newton said in the interview.

“So he had had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”

Using semi-automatic rifles that he modified with a “bump stock” to increase their rate of fire, Paddock created mass chaos in the crowd as people not only didn’t know which direction to run for cover, but effectively had no shelter from the rain of bullets.

Before he took his own life, as police closed in on room 32-135, Paddock left 58 killed and another 500 injured.

Details about the secretive loner’s life have been hard to come by as he left no online or social media footprint and had virtually no friends or colleagues.

Even neighbors in the exclusive area where he and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, shared a home until last August, said Paddock never had a smile or a friendly wave for them.

Officer Newton described the scene after police used explosives to gain entry to Paddock’s hotel room, as “Very eerie.”

“… the dust from the explosive breach, and then you have the flashing lights… and that looked straight, like, out of a movie, you know?”

Now, almost a week after the worst mass shooting in American history, law enforcement authorities are no closer to finding a motive despite tracking down more than 1,000 leads.

Should Las Vegas police make public the contents of the note found in Stephen Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where he set up a sniper's nest to fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival below?

Source: Washington Examiner

 
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