Bodycam Footage From Harrowing First Moments of Police Response to Las Vegas Shooting Is Released
Officers huddled with concertgoers, led terrified people to safety and helped the wounded.
Footage of the harrowing first moments of the police response to October's historically deadly shooting in Las Vegas has been released.
Police body cameras were recording as officers huddled with those taking cover, organized escape routes, carried the wounded to safety and ducked behind barriers as bullets rained down.
"It's coming from the Mandalay Bay!" an officer is heard saying in one of the clips, which were obtained through a public records lawsuit by media organizations that included The Associated Press.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released 28 bodycam videos, totaling about 10 hours, the AP reported.
In one clip, an officer is seen helping concertgoers duck to safety beneath the stage of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where Stephen Paddock fatally shot 58 people dead and left scores of others injured.
The same officer is then seen carrying a wounded woman to the safety of a makeshift triage center in a parking lot, banding her bleeding leg with a tourniquet and driving her to a hospital.
A separate clip shows a radio dispatcher reporting "multiple casualties" as several officers use a patrol car to shield themselves from renewed rounds of gunfire.
The Oct. 1 shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, just ahead of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., where 49 people were killed in June 2016.
The two-year anniversary of the Pulse massacre was marked with vigils and memorials this past Tuesday.
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