Police release witness accounts in Vegas shooting massacre


Police release witness accounts in Vegas shooting massacre

Emergency services at the scene in Las Vegas

Emergency services at the scene in Las Vegas

The housekeeper, whose account was among 1,200 pages of witness statements released by Las Vegas police Wednesday, says that when she cleaned his suite four days before the October 1 massacre, he stayed in the room and stared at her while she worked, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

In a handwritten account, a woman said she overheard a man she later said was Paddock talking with another man at a Vegas restaurant three days before the massacre.

A wounded woman told police she heard what people told her were fireworks while country music singer Jason Aldean was on stage. The release came after news organizations investigating police, emergency responders' and hotel employees' response to the attack sued for the release of videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and interviews. Two weeks ago, the department released body camera footage of police officers entering and combing through gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Police and the FBI have not determined a motive in the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

The department has not provided all the materials it compiled.

Lawyers for the police department argued that the media's public records requests were costly and time-consuming and releasing the information could disclose investigative techniques.

Sgt Jeff Clark, a department spokesman, said authorities would not comment about the documents released on Wednesday.

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to answer questions from the Associated Press about the account from a man who said he met with Paddock outside a Las Vegas sporting goods store after posting an online ad to sell schematics to convert semi-automatic guns to fire automatically.

A preliminary report released by Lombardo in January said Paddock meticulously planned the attack and scouted potential targets in at least four cities where he rented rooms in buildings overlooking outdoor concerts.

In the days that followed the shooting, authorities found dozens more guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition at two houses belonging to Paddock in Nevada.

Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, described to investigators relationship difficulties with the 64-year-old retired accountant, millionaire real estate investor and high-stakes gambler.

She has not been charged with a crime.

The footage showed Paddock's body and a number of assault-style weapons and ammunition lying about the hotel suite.

Douglas Haig has pleaded not guilty.