TV editor Ramsey Denison had just created a documentary that was a damning exposé of the Las Vegas Police Department when he found himself at Ground Zero in the largest mass shooting of US history.
In this most recent installation of his investigative video series, Denison asks the question, ‘When did the LVMPD realize Paddock was dead?’ For their part, the Las Vegas Metro Police say it took over 70 minutes to enter Steven Paddock’s room because they had to make sure Paddock was dead first.
We may recall that the initial reports had the LVMPD killing Paddock themselves and that the LVMPD’s official timeline of the events of that night changed more than once. Security guard, Jesus Campos was credited with alerting the LVMPD to Paddock’s position, shortly after Paddock shot him in the leg and prior to when Paddock is said to have opened fire on the 91 Harvest event below his 32nd floor window.
Twenty minutes into Paddock’s alleged siege, a LVMPD helicopter began circling the Mandalay Bay hotel. Ex-Army pilot Brian Shields, who joins Denison asks, “Why did they send a helicopter into the kill zone, when Paddock could’ve started firing again at any time?”
Shields demonstrates how one LVMPD helicopter was not just hovering over the Mandalay Bay hotel, it was circling over it very slowly and shining its spotlight. He notes that if the Las Vegas shooter was looking to cause maximum damage with an automatic weapon and a helicopter with a spotlight was hovering at low altitude directly above, it would not have been difficult for Paddock to have taken aim at the helicopter.
Denison wonders if the LVMPD had allowed the chopper to hover there because they knew there was no danger to the pilot as they knew Paddock was dead?
Personally, I think the presence of the helicopter circling over the Mandalay Bay hotel might support the theory that Paddock was not the shooter. There were rumors that shots were fired from some of the helicopters that night.
Three months on, nothing makes sense about this event.