clear
Thursday May 24th, 2018 5:11PM

Vegas shooting papers hint some may have encountered gunman

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police documents released Wednesday about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history included reports from at least two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days prior to last October's Las Vegas Strip attack about the federal government and gun control.

The claims by those people and others could not be verified because the names of all witnesses were blacked out in the 1,200 pages of police reports and accounts that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department made public after losing court battles to keep them secret.

Police and the FBI have not determined a motive in the ongoing investigation. Authorities said they believe Stephen Paddock acted alone and the attack had no link to international terrorism. Law enforcement refused Wednesday to provide any additional information including refusing to say whether the reports were credible.

A jailed man whose gave a statement in November to police and the FBI recalled a man he believed to be Paddock telling him that Federal Emergency Management Agency "camps" set up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were "a dry run for law enforcement and military to start kickin' down doors and ... confiscating guns."

"Somebody has to wake up the American public and get them to arm themselves," the man said Paddock told him less than a month before the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. "Sometimes sacrifices have to be made."

In a handwritten account, a woman said she overheard a man she later said was Paddock talking with another man at a Las Vegas restaurant just three days before the massacre. She told police that Paddock seemed angry about the 1990s standoffs at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge in Idaho.

"At the time, I just thought 'strange guys' and I wanted to leave," said the woman.

The documents released Wednesday detailed terror, confusion and compassion among people helping the wounded after gunfire rained from a 32nd floor hotel room on a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on the Las Vegas Strip.

One woman told police she refused to leave her lifeless friend, whose eyes were still and lips turned blue, until a group of men picked her off the ground and guided her to a fence. One left a red bandanna on her friend's face.

A stagehand made a run for his pickup truck when he was suddenly surrounded by people begging for a ride away from the scene.

"I told them to get in however they could," he said.

A woman who fell wounded said another woman who pushed her was shot five times. She decided to play dead.

"A good guy just grabbed me and said, 'Love, you're gonna die here if I leave you here,'" she told police.

A housekeeper at the Mandalay Bay described her discomfort at Paddock sitting at a table eating soup and staring at her as she cleaned his hotel room four days before the shooting.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early this month the police investigation was not finished. He also apologized to the public for the release of information that he said would "further traumatize a wounded community."

Police and the FBI refused to answer questions from The Associated Press about the account from the 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.

The man said Paddock became upset and launched into a tirade about gun control when the man rejected an offer of $500 apiece to modify semi-automatic guns to fire automatically.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, who shared the release of public information with Lombardo and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse after the shooting, told the AP on Wednesday he had been assured that no motive has been identified.

Sisolak said he hadn't heard of the jailhouse account and he could not say whether it was credible.

Las Vegas police two weeks ago made public video from two officers' body cameras showing police blasting through the door of the hotel suite where Paddock is seen motionless on his back with a pool of blood staining the carpet near his head and a cache of assault-style weapons strewn about.

Media outlets sued to obtain videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and interview reports to shed light on the response by public agencies, emergency workers and hotel officials during and after the shooting. The department has not provided all the materials it collected.

____

Associated Press journalists Tom Tait and Regina Garcia Cano in Las Vegas, Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City, Astrid Galvan and Terry Tang in Phoenix, and Felicia Fonseca and Mary Hudetz in Albuquerque, New Mexico contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside gated community
Lawyer for Grammy-winning rapper T.I. says artist never got to tell his side of the story before police arrested him as he tried to enter his gated community near Atlanta
11:08PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Vegas shooting papers hint some may have encountered gunman
Police documents released Wednesday about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history included reports from at least two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted about the federal government and gun control
11:04PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano
Quakes damage roads and buildings as ash spews from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
11:01PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Any doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane
Is there a doctor on board? No less than the U.S. surgeon general steps forward to help with medical emergency aboard a commercial flight
9:47PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Jailed man claims Paddock ranted before shooting
A man who says he met Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Oct. 1 attack told authorities that Paddock had ranted against the government and warned that law enforcement and the military would start confiscating guns
9:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor
Democratic voters are choosing decidedly liberal candidates in some primary elections for House races viewed as key to the congressional majority
8:58PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Cleanup underway a day after powerful storms pound Northeast
Cleanup underway throughout the Northeast a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead
7:46PM ( 3 hours ago )
DA: Children in California home were strangled, waterboarded
Prosecutors allege that the children rescued from a filthy California home were strangled, punched, shot with bb guns and subjected to waterboarding by their father and their mother did nothing to stop it
7:06PM ( 4 hours ago )
FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms
FDA approves 1st nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms
7:06PM ( 4 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Trump rails against California for its immigration policies
President Donald Trump is hammering California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies
7:32PM ( 3 hours ago )
GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee
Republicans are pushing for a quick confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's CIA nominee Gina Haspel
7:24PM ( 3 hours ago )
Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality' rules
Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, have pushed through a measure intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic
6:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside gated community
Lawyer for Grammy-winning rapper T.I. says artist never got to tell his side of the story before police arrested him as he tried to enter his gated community near Atlanta
11:08PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano
Quakes damage roads and buildings as ash spews from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
11:01PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Trump disclosure of Cohen payment raises new legal questions
President Donald Trump reveals in his financial disclosure that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses"
10:58PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian
Donald Trump Jr. told a Senate panel that he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election
10:56PM ( 18 minutes ago )
S. Korea pushes for successful Trump-Kim talks
South Korea says it will communicate closely with Washington, Pyongyang to increase chances of successful talks between Trump and Kim
10:55PM ( 19 minutes ago )