Las Vegas police release eyewitness accounts of mass shooting

Las Vegas police on Wednesday released a trove of eyewitness reports of last year's mass shooting on the Vegas Strip, considered to be the deadliest in modern U.S. history. 

Contained in the documents are accounts by survivors and police officers who witnessed the Oct. 1 shooting at a country music festival, which left 58 people dead and over 500 injured, according to The Associated Press. 

The release, totaling over 1,200 pages, came after a lawsuit for public records by the AP and other media organizations, despite resistance by law enforcement officials. 

Attorneys for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reportedly feared the potential exposure of investigation techniques in the reports. A spokesman for the police department and an FBI spokeswoman in the city did not comment to the AP on the release. 


Earlier this month, the Nevada Supreme Court ordered the department to release body body camera footage taken by two officers who entered the 32nd floor hotel suite where shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival below before killing himself.

The footage showed Paddock's body and a number of assault-style weapons and ammunition lying about the hotel suite. 

Still facing lawsuits by the media for materials gathered on the case, the police department is also reportedly set to release audio from 911 calls and other documents on a rolling basis. 

Police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting.