New photos of the hotel room Stephen Paddock used to fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have emerged showing what SWAT teams encounter after they blew open the door. Paddock used a camera on a room service cart to monitor the hallway, letting him know when police officers arrived.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the images of the scene were leaked on Tuesday and show numerous weapons as well as a photo that shows where Paddock’s body was found by authorities in the Las Vegas hotel room.
Many of the images show multiple assault rifles, including one with a “bump stock” added that effectively turned the weapon into a full automatic.
Additionally, one of the photos shows two chairs that were pushed together, allowing Paddock to create a cradle-like area where two additional rifles were resting. Another image shows around 15 magazines neatly stacked near a pillar, though it is unclear from the photo whether they were loaded or spent.
Paddock used the hotel room as a sniper’s nest after presumably using a hammer, also shown in the pictures, to shatter the window in the two-room suite.
Dozens of spent shell casings are also visible, giving additional scope to the number of rounds he fired down onto the crowd of approximately 22,000 concert-goers during the nine-minute assault.
Members of the SWAT team located Paddock’s room nearly 72 minutes after he began shooting. Video from outside of the room shows bullets piercing the door as Paddock opened fire on officers.
He was able to see when SWAT team members arrived through the video feed that was reportedly connected to a tablet inside the room and killed himself before they used explosives to blow the door open.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill stated that an additional camera was placed at the peephole, providing a full view of the corridor. At least one other camera was found on a room service cart in the hall.
McMahill added that an investigation into who leaked the photographs is also underway.
Paddock is responsible for the deaths of at least 58 people and injured another 527. His suicide brought the total death count to 59.