What took so long? 2,100 more pages of Vegas shooting documents finally released

What took so long? 2,100 more pages of Vegas shooting documents finally released
Las Vegas law enforcement has released more documents regarding last October's mass murder in the city.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Following a court order after media organizations sued for access to information on the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting, 2,100 pages of documents have finally been released by police investigating the incident.

Reporters are still poring through the redacted materials, which have been released in waves over the past seven months. 

What’s been found in the docs, so far?

The new materials included additional police reports and dispatch logs, but still no definitive word on perpetrator Stephen Paddock’s motive for the mass murder that resulted in 59 deaths during a country music concert.

When the shooting began, headliner Jason Aldean was performing on stage. The Las Vegas Review-Journal speculated that one of the statements released on Wednesday were his accounts of the attack.

In the unnamed witness’s words: “I was onstage singing and thought I heard fireworks. I turned to look at my monitor guy and saw my personal security guard running toward me and telling me to evacuate the stage.

“We then stayed in the back of the bus for a few hours until police escorted us away.”

According to law enforcement’s search warrant of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada: “The house contained minimal furniture and possessions. The closets were empty. The beds consisted of box-springs and mattresses, but no bed frame.

“The…corner of the garage contained shelving units with neatly stacked and aligned ammunition and clips of various caliber. A gun safe was opposite the shelf.”

One officer who was working during the shooting recalled that law enforcement on the scene of the tragedy “were operating under the belief that (they) were under a Mumbai-style terror attack and could be set upon by active shooters at any moment.”

Numerous victim statements were also included in the latest document release.

No, really. What took so long?

Last month, The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a request by law enforcement to continue withholding evidence from the tragedy and its aftermath, such as body camera videos, interviews, and 911 calls.

Attorneys for the department said that complying with the public records requests would be too expensive and time-consuming, arguing that the investigation is still not complete.

 

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