FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, people assist a wounded woman at the Tropicana hotel during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. Witness accounts of gunfire, chaos, blood, heartbreak and survival emerged Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in police reports made public seven months after the Las Vegas Strip shooting that became the deadliest event of its kind in modern U.S. history. (Chase Stevens /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Las Vegas shooting witnesses describe chaos and compassion

May 17, 2018 - 12:21 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seven months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police have released witness statements and officer reports about the shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip.

Names were blacked out in more than 1,200 pages of police reports made public Wednesday after The Associated Press and other media organizations filed a lawsuit seeking the records.

The reports contain dozens of witness accounts of gunfire and bloody bodies and describe in detail the terror, confusion and compassion to care for the wounded.

Stephen Paddock rained gunfire from a 32nd floor hotel room down on the 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on Oct. 1.

He then killed himself as authorities identified his hotel room perch in the Mandalay Bay resort.

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