Las Vegas Officials Release Mandalay Bay Shooting Documents
Las Vegas authorities releases over 1,000 pages of documents related to the Mandalay Bay shooting on Oct. 1 last year, when longtime Las Vegas high-roller Stephen Paddock shot into a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from his 32nd floor suite at the Las Vegas Strip hotel. Some of the files released by law enforcement includes remarks from some of the last people to have seen Stephen Paddock alive.
The Mandalay Bay shooting left 58 people dead and over 500 others injured. Stephen Paddock unleashed bursts of fire into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, causing a panicked rush to the exits. Before Las Vegas SWAT teams could break into Stephen Paddock’s suite, he took his own life.
Though more than 7 months have passed since the mass shooting, investigators have not determined Stephen Paddock’s motive. The high-roller betrayed few political thoughts and he liked country music. While Paddock had been on a 2-year losing streak at the high-dollar video poker machines, he had enough money to wire $100,000 to his Filipino-American girlfriend in the Philippines, so she could buy a house there.
A lack of answers has led to public interest in Stephen Paddock’s thoughts as he prepared to commit the biggest mass murder in modern American history. Wednesday’s release of documents gives amateur psychologists a chance to dissect more evidence.
“He Kept Staring at Me”
One housekeeper at the Mandalay Bay was among the last to see Stephen Paddock. She cleaned his suite four days before the massacre — Paddock had a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door the remaining four days, leading to debates about the amount of time casino-hotels should allow guests to go undisturbed.
The cleaner said Stephen Paddock stayed in his suite while she cleaned. At first, she did not mind his presence. Paddock’s room was mostly clean except for the bed and the bathroom. He had no trash in his wastebaskets. He sat on his computer while she cleaned, eating soup he bought from room-service. It was the stares which unnerved her.
The housekeeper said, “He (kept) staring at me.”
“He Was Just Weird”
A host at one of the Caesars Entertainment resorts said Stephen Paddock was a high-roller at their casinos for years, until Caesars removed the kind of video poker machines Paddock liked. The killer took a calculating approach to video poker, playing the gaming machines at the highest limits that had the best odds. The host said Stephen Paddock was a skilled video poker player.
The Caesars host said Paddock “kind of an introvert”. Though he mostly kept to himself, the host remembers an incident in which Stephen Paddock yelled at him, because of late luggage. The host said the incident struck him as odd. It should be noted that Mandalay Bay (owned by MGM Resorts) released video of Stephen Paddock’s last days, in which Paddock had hotel staff carry in dozens of weapons to his suite over the last four days of his stay at the resort. Though there is no indication Paddock had weapons or contraband in his late luggage, his anger might have stemmed from concern over the contents of his luggage.
Whatever the case, the Caesars host said Stephen Paddock gave off an odd vibe. Unable to explain exactly why besides his standoffish nature, the host said of Paddock, “He was just weird.”
How Was Stephen Paddock as a Customer?
Despite his innate weirdness, the host said that Stephen Paddock was easy to deal with. He always paid his bills promptly. He never asked for drugs or prostitutes, which must be a problem with some high stakes gamblers.
Paddock did not share much about his private life. He kept talk mainly to gambling topics. He was seen in the presence of his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. While she was with him often, said the host, Paddock seldom showed her any affection.
During his time as a host at the Caesars property, Stephen Paddock twice won major jackpots. Once, he won a $150,000 prize on the video poker machines. Another time, he won a $90,000 automobile, but instead chose the cash equivalent.
Jason Aldean Concert Shooting Comments
Not all of the documents released involve interactions with Stephen Paddock. Some involve comments from people who were in the crowd that night when Stephen Paddock shot into a concert crowd. Most talked about believing the shots were fireworks at first. Some discussed hiding near the stage. Others discussed being hit by gunfire and rescued by police officers, who placed them in the bed of pickup trucks. Many stayed in place until the shooting ended.