Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 58 people in Las Vegas last weekend as he rained gunfire onto more than 20,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from his hotel room on the 32nd floor.
And now in an interview with ’60 Minutes,’ the officers who first stormed the room have given new details about how Paddock turned his suite into a fortress using power tools.
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The first responders, who all happened to be nearby when they heard about the shooting, also revealed how they banded together to form an ad-hoc, improvised SWAT team in an effort to stop the shooter from claiming any more victims.
Sergeant Joshua Bitsko and Officer Dave Newton from the Las Vegas Police Department’s K9-unit, who rushed to the scene after hearing about the attack on their police radio while they were training dogs, revealed that Paddock had barricaded the stairwell door outside his suite with a ‘piece of metal.’
Thankfully, SWAT officer Levi Hancock was easily able to force open the door with a pry bar.
When they gained entry to the room and found Paddock dead, the officers discovered tool boxes filled with power tools that he was using ‘to run wires for his surveillance systems.’