Video just released by MGM Resorts reveals the actions of the 1 October shooter days before the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The MGM says it released the security video and photos to show how the actions of the longtime resort guest, Stephen Paddock, appeared normal.
The video shows what the 64-year-old gunman was doing prior to the shooting but it doesn’t reveal any clues to why.
Paddock can be seen checking into the Mandalay Bay on Monday, September 25, then eating sushi alone at a restaurant.
Time codes matching the preliminary report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reveal he then drives his car to valet just before 5 in the evening.
A bellman unloads four bags — Paddock rolls one suitcase and requests to use the service elevator, which is not uncommon, according the hotel.
He spends some time in the room and then is seen leaving with two suitcases. He departs for Mesquite.
Paddock then returns to the Mandalay Bay Tuesday night with more luggage and later gambles. Over and over again, the 32 clips and 15 pictures released by MGM show this similar pattern for a week. He leaves for his home, returns to the hotel in the dark minivan with suitcases and bellhops stack the luggage on carts.
His only interactions appear to be with hotel staff — either small talk and tipping a bellhop or casino host who greets him.
For the most part, he’s alone either gambling, eating at the sushi restaurant or making a snack run to the gift shop.
He’s occasionally seen in the elevator with other guests, but seems to keep to himself. In the days leading up to the shooting, Paddock brings up a total of 21 suitcases, a container, two smaller bags and a laptop bag to the room.
Paddocks movements appear mundane, not raising suspicions among guests. But as others enjoy their stay at the hotel, Paddock builds his arsenal before firing down bullets to an unexpected crowd below.
Debra DeShong, spokesperson for MGM Resorts International released the following statement:
“In the interest of providing greater context around Stephen Paddock’s actions in the days leading up to October 1, MGM Resorts has released these security videos and images. As the security footage demonstrates, Stephen Paddock gave no indication of what he planned to do and his interactions with staff and overall behavior were all normal. MGM and Mandalay Bay could not reasonably foresee that a long-time guest with no known history of threats or violence and behaving in a manner that appeared outwardly normal, would carry out such an inexplicably evil, violent and deadly act.
Our focus continues to be on supporting victims and their families, our guests and employees, and cooperating with law enforcement with their ongoing investigation.”