The Latest: Some divided over response to Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Las Vegas police videos showing some of the response to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Police and hotel employees’ actions as gunfire rained from a Las Vegas hotel are drawing mixed reactions after the release of some officer body-camera video.

Security experts and a survivor of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history said Thursday that the 2½ hours of footage offered only a glimpse of what unfolded as police responded to the rampage and didn’t provide clues about why the gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds last fall.

California attorney and concert survivor Brian Claypool says the videos provide no context or glue to put the puzzle together. He now represents dozens of people considering suing for damages.

Police tactical training expert Thor Eells dismisses questions about whether the Mandalay Bay casino should have been evacuated.

He says the last thing to do is potentially force people into the line of gunfire.


12:01 a.m.

As the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was happening, people inside a Las Vegas hotel continued to gamble, seemingly unaware of the massacre happening just outside.

Police body camera footage made public Wednesday showed officers passing people still playing slot machines inside the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel on Oct. 1.

In a tower above, Stephen Paddock was unleashing a hail of gunfire from his hotel suite window, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

The body camera video represents a sample of hundreds of hours of recordings captured during the massacre. The Associated Press and other media outlets sued to obtain videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and interview reports.

More than seven months after the shooting, police are no closer to determining Stephen Paddock’s motive for the deadly attack.

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