Las Vegas police on Wednesday released more than a thousand pages of documents containing witness statements of the Las Vegas shooting.
As well as testimonies from traumatized survivors, the documents — as outlined by a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal — include accounts of those who interacted with gunman Stephen Paddock before the shooting. While they offer some new details of Paddock’s eccentricities, there is little insight into his state of mind at the time of the atrocity, or any clue as to his motive.
On October 1, 2017, Paddock perpetrated the worst mass shooting in American history when he opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay onto a country music festival across the Strip.
The 64-year-old, a wealthy real-estate investor and frequent gambler, murdered 58 people and injured more than 800 others, before turning a gun on himself. Nobody knows why.
Stare of a Mass Murderer
Among the documents is the testimony of the housekeeper who cleaned Paddock’s room four days before the massacre and was one of the last people to see him alive. After their encounter, the gunman kept a “do not disturb” sign on the door and largely remained inside his suite until the shooting.
The housekeeper, whose name has been redacted from the documents, said she was unnerved by Paddock, who appeared to spend much of his time in his room — which was mostly clean, apart from the bed and bathroom — on his computer, eating room-service soup.
“He keep (sic) on staring at me,” she said.
She also said she found it strange that he had five pieces of luggage in his room. It was later ascertained that Paddock had gradually smuggled an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons into the hotel inside his bags.
Police also interviewed a Rio casino host who had known Paddock as a high-end customer for several years. The host described Paddock as “odd” and “kind of an introvert” but said he was easygoing, except for one occasion around three years ago when he had to wait 20 minutes for his luggage to arrive at the casino’s presidential suite. Paddock lost his temper and had to be calmed down by the host.
“He was just weird,” concluded the host.
Among dozens of harrowing statements from festival attendees, some of whom were injured by gunfire, was a woman who described pleading with her friend to get up as bullets flew around her, but her friend wasn’t moving and her lips were blue. A man tried to revive her through CPR. Eventually, she said, another man put a red bandana over her face.