Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter had security cameras set up outside hotel room

Chris Ramirez
October 03, 2017 06:12 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Law enforcement continues to delve into the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend.


During a news briefing Tuesday afternoon, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said all but three have been identified. Officials in Clark County established a family assistance center and reunification center to aid in identifying victims. They've set up a phone number for families to call at 1-800-536-9488. For more information, click here.

Many new details have emerged about the alleged shooter Stephen Paddock. Authorities say he had at least three surveillance cameras in the hall outside of his room, including one attached to a service cart. These cameras allowed Paddock to know when police were approaching his room. 


The gunfire lasted for nine minutes. Lombardo also confirmed Paddock placed a bump stock on his gun, which allowed him to fire his weapons as automatic assault rifles.

"The world has changed. Who could have imagined this situation?" Lombardo said. "For this individual, to take it upon himself to create this chaos is unspeakable."

The sheriff asked locals to curb the food and physical donations. Those living in New Mexico and around the country are encouraged to make appointments with local blood banks and donate blood or donate to the Las Vegas victims fund.

If Las Vegas needed a good problem to have, it was a two-hour long line to donate blood. Outside, United Blood Service volunteers passed out bottles of water, snacks and sunblock. Inside, gallon after gallon of life-saving blood was collected and stored.

"There's not much we could do other than give blood, you know? Saw the first responders and those are the real heroes," said Steve Gross, who donated blood.

The line represented much more than just blood donations. It's the first sign of community -- a way people show they won't be remembered by a tragedy, but by how they overcame it.

"This is not just casinos. It's not just Sin City; it's home," said another donor, Katrina Duran. "It's full of churches and full of good people."

Folks in southeast New Mexico are doing their share to help those impacted in Las Vegas. In Clovis, people spent Tuesday donating blood with United Blood Services of New Mexico. Those donors say they just want to help in any way they can.

"Donating blood doesn’t just help the people that are in need in Vegas, but also the people in town, in the town of Clovis and so on," said Samantha Wissler, a Clovis resident.

For those in Clovis, there will be another chance on Oct. 13 at the Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services.

The web staff contributed to this report.


Chris Ramirez

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