Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Las Vegas gunman's nightstand note contained figures for wind, trajectory and distance

Las Vegas gunman's nightstand note contained figures for wind, trajectory and distance

In an interview airing Sunday on "60 Minutes", three police officers who stormed Stephen Paddock's hotel room in the Mandalay Bay hotel tell correspondent Bill Whitaker new details about the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Kevin McMahill, of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, said: 'We thought we might find some ideology or some economic, or politic or social reason, some medical reason - we haven't found it yet'.

Earlier police had said a note with numbers was found in the suite.

By that time, Paddock had shot through the door at Jesus Campos, a Mandalay Bay security officer who had gone to respond to an alarm, striking him in the leg. Police said that Paddock stopped firing on the crowd after Campos approached his door.

They didn't know where Paddock was in the room.

A note found in the hotel room of the man who shot into a crowd from his perch in a Las Vegas high-rise included hand-written calculations about where he needed to aim to maximize his accuracy and kill as many people as possible.

They said they avoided getting close to hotel room windows in case they themselves were taken out by a sniper - because of the difficulties in communication between police officers. Lombardo said investigators have discovered more than 200 instances of Paddock traveling through the city over an unspecified period of time, "and he has never been seen with anyone else".


Detective Matthew Donaldson said, "I just threw them in the casino". "That was slowing me down". Luckily, another officer had a pry bar and managed to open the door.

"I have cried for those people, so many times I nearly feel like I'm out of tears sometimes", she said.

Behind closed doors, Le Fevre and his girlfriend wondered if Marilou was happy in her relationship with Paddock.

"There's a room service cart with wires going on it underneath the door", K-9 officer Dave Newton recalled seeing when they entered the hallway. What they found inside "looked like nearly a gun store", Newton said. They found monitors, laptops, phones, drills and drill bits - and, amid it all, Paddock's body with a gun nearby.

Danley continues to cooperate with law enforcement and has so far provided little clues as to what may have driven Paddock to kill so many innocent people. Bitsko said it was like a "deadly game of hide and seek".

"I wanted to make sure somebody wasn't hiding between the windows and the curtains".

"I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd", Newton said in a clip from the the episode, which will be televised on Sunday night. "So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there".

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