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...a security guard who arrived on the floor within 12 minutes of the onset of the attack. Soon, a small group of Las Vegas police arrived. They organized themselves into an ad-hoc SWAT team and began storming room 135.
Casey Clarkson: The fire just starts hitting us. And you just hear--
[Body cam: They are shooting right at us, guys, everyone stay down, stay down.]
Casey Clarkson: I just remember, like, it was, like-- like, white spark, like, powder almost, like, hitting the concrete, hittin' the van. I mean, I'm just watching these rounds hit all, like, right next to us. And I'm like, "How is he so accurate?"
Bill Whitaker: How did you end up being first responders? Are you assigned to be first responders? Or you just got up and ran in-- into the danger zone and got there first?
Dave Newton: Correct. We heard it over the radio. We heard, you know, active shooter. Multiple victims.
Joshua Bitsko: We're told that security is taking fire from a suspect on the 29th floor. And that we had other officers that were identifying the suspect was in a room on the 32nd floor. So we're thinking multiple shooters at this point.
Officers Bitsko and Newton ran to the stairs. Detective Donaldson and a SWAT officer, Levi Hancock, did too. This ad-hoc group of officers didn't know what they would face, but they soon discovered Paddock had barricaded the stairwell door.
Joshua Bitsko: He had screwed shut the door-- with a piece of metal and some screws.... But thankfully Levi had-- a pry bar and was able to easily pop that door.
The K9 cops, the detective, and the SWAT officer were now a team.
Dave Newton: There's a room service cart with wires going on it underneath the-- door. There was something black on top of the cart. So initially I'm, you know, I'm thinking, "This is a booby-trap. It's-- it's gonna explode."
Dave Newton: I could see the suspect's door was just riddled with bullet holes coming out. it looked like Swiss cheese.
Dave Newton: I didn't see any apparent wounds to his head. But I did see a lotta blood that had come outta his mouth.
Dave Newton: I saw a few phones-- laptops, a couple laptops he had in there. A lot of drills-- drill bits, all kinds of tools
Dave Newton: Yeah, he had written we must have done the calculations online or something to figure out what his altitude was going to be and how high up he was-- how far out the crowd was going to be and what at that distance and what the drop of his bullet was going to be. He hadn't written out the calculations all he had was written out he final numbers that were on the sheet.
Joshua Bitsko: Days of planning. Days of planning. He had tool boxes in power tools to run wires for his-- surveillance systems. For everything that he had, it took him days to finish.
Bill Whitaker: The sheriff was saying the other day that it-- it almost appeared as though he thought he would be able to get out of this, that he had an escape plan. Did you see any evidence of that?
Dave Newton: From what I saw, it-- I thought he was gonna-- he-- his plan might have been to shoot it out with us. Because there was a rifle on a bipod near the door and just the amount of ammunition and weapons he had. He could of held us off for hours.
They mention the 200 shots through the door and said it looked like swiss cheese. I am still skeptical of how 190 bullet holes are on the portions of the door that are not visible. I would think the majority would be in the portion of the door (about half the door) that is visible...the middle section.
And, the part where they talk about the explosives used to open the door...again, there is no sign of explosives having been used.
PLUS, they had the key card that Campos reportedly gave them. They spent time rigging the door with explosives when they could have just used the key card...that doesn't sound logical.
And maybe somebody should consider another possibility about Paddock and Danley.
Like who they really are.
Go at something that hasn't been considered yet.
originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
Here's a thought: If ISIS killed Paddock before the massacre started, is it possible that this explains the broken windows? Some kind of limited exchange inside Paddock's room could easily have broken a couple of windows. The picture of the hammer didn't surface until at least a day or two later. Plenty of time for some FBI agent to go buy one at the local Home Depot and toss it on the floor of Paddock's room.
The building the shooter was in is the 39 story original Mandalay Bay? The Four Seasons has the upper five floors (35-39) of that building?
Is that how you are understanding this?
originally posted by: MotherMayEye
a reply to: xuenchen
I don't assume any of the official info is true, if it makes you feel any better.
I am just trying to spot the weakest parts of the official story and trying to figure out why *they* had to resort to such weak/illogical/implausible facts to explain what happened.