The content of the handwritten note found in the Mandalay Bay shooter’s room was revealed by police officers during an interview on the popular show “60 Minutes.” The four officers, who were the first to enter into Stephen Paddock’s room at the hotel, also discussed other discoveries, including that Paddock may have practiced his shooting just days before the massacre.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the four members of the Las Vegas law enforcement team that stormed into the room occupied by Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino stated that the handwritten note, found on the nightstand, included details designed to help Paddock maximize his kills.
The note included information about bullet trajectories based on his vantage point over the crowd of more than 20,000 attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Officer Dave Newton, a member of the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit, first spotted the note, which was lying face up on a nightstand in Paddock’s room, which was located on the 32nd floor of the hotel and was approximately 400 feet from the crowd.
“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,” said Newton. “So, he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”
Authorities also stated that Paddock might have driven into the desert nearby on the Saturday before the attack so he could participate in some target practice. This is based on investigators locating surveillance footage showing Paddock heading towards an area near Mesquite, Nevada, where locals are known to go shooting.
Paddock had over a dozen firearms in his hotel room, including guns that had been modified with “bump stocks” which allows a rifle to be fired at a higher rate.
Federal and local authorities have begun cleaning up the Route 91 Harvest Festival site, clearing the area of personal belongings and other items that concertgoers left behind as they attempted to flee after the shooting began.
Investigators stated that they will attempt to return any personal belongings that those in attendance may have abandoned.