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The Latest: Officers describe chaos at Las Vegas shooting

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(AP) - The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):
  
2:45 p.m.
  
Las Vegas officers responding to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history described the chaos in newly released documents, with firefighters lifting victims over a fence and people trampling others to escape.
  
One officer wrote that victims arrived at a makeshift triage area on office chairs, bellhop carts and "even a wheelbarrow." Police released nearly 2,100 pages of documents Wednesday from the investigation into the October shooting.
  
The documents say police worked to redirect traffic as cars carrying victims sped up flashing their lights and honking their horns.
  
Another officer says people ran into the street screaming, covered in blood as rapid gunfire sounded. The officer said concertgoers ran up to ask to join a police team as they entered the venue.
  
An off-duty officer attending the concert reported getting trampled by panicked people trying to get out.
  
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2:40 p.m.
  
An officer in newly released documents describes accompanying a musician, his pregnant wife and their bodyguard from a Las Vegas concert venue where a gunman killed 58 people to a private terminal at the airport nearby.
  
Names were blacked out in 2,100 pages of documents released by Las Vegas police Wednesday. But Route 91 Harvest Festival headliner Jason Aldean and his then-pregnant wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean, have described the experience in other interviews.
  
The country singer described hearing "pops," then a barrage, and the officer said he "told us that he could see people in the audience dropping to the ground 'in waves.'"
  
The singer told the officer that someone backstage yelled that the sound was gunfire and that he should take cover.
  
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1:45 p.m.
  
A hairstylist says a client named Paddock spoke in the months before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history that a concert venue was susceptible to attack.
  
Documents released by Las Vegas police Wednesday say the stylist told investigators after the Oct. 1 shooting that the comments from the client in late June or July were strange and reported them to police. The claims couldn't be verified because police blacked out all witness names.
  
Authorities say Stephen Paddock unleashed gunfire from his high-rise hotel suite onto an outdoor concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
  
In an interview with police on Oct. 10, the stylist says the client mentioned he couldn't believe an outdoor arena was built because a shooter could fire into the crowd from the casino across the way.
  
The stylist said a woman arrived and believed it was Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley.
  
The stylist said, "I asked her, 'Do you know what he's been saying to me? She's like, 'Oh, what, about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?'"
  
The stylist told police that the client said, "I wonder what she's worried about? She'll be out of the country."
  
The stylist says they reported it to police days later.
  
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1:30 p.m.
  
An officer who responded to the high-rise Las Vegas hotel where a gunman carried out deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says in newly released documents that he and a team checked the casino floor and confirmed there was no other active shooter.
  
The officer says in documents released Wednesday that they also responded to the Bellagio, Tropicana and Caesar's Palace hotel-casinos last October to investigate reports of active shooters. They found none.
  
The team then contacted each hotel on the west side of the Strip to ask about injured people and lockdowns before looking for any other survivors at the concert venue where bullets rained down from the hotel. They found none.
  
Police released some 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements and dispatch records with names and identifying characteristics blacked out.
  
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1:20 p.m.
  
Las Vegas police took cover behind their cars as gunfire wounded at least two officers during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
  
Documents released Wednesday say officers arrived to the sound of rapid gunfire last October, though they couldn't immediately tell where it was coming from. A report says they crouched behind their cars as a rear window was shot out and rounds hit the ground around them.
  
One officer was struck in the arm, and a second was hit in the neck. Others helped concertgoers escape the gunfire raining down on a music festival from a high-rise hotel as they moved behind a brick wall to shield themselves.
  
The bullets kept coming, blocking an officer from reaching a shotgun in his car as they left the security of the wall to help evacuate more people.
  
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1:10 p.m.
  
Witnesses and police officers are describing their experiences during and after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in newly released documents.
  
Police released some 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements and dispatch records Wednesday with names and identifying characteristics blacked out.
  
An officer at the Stratosphere casino-hotel described meeting two women who fled an outdoor concert that was the site of the shooting last October. They initially heard what they thought were fireworks but then saw people being shot.
  
A music festival worker who hid under the stage during the rampage told police 10 days later that he was still traumatized by what he had witnessed. He said he was paranoid, couldn't sleep, cried often and was nervous to go outside.
  
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12:15 p.m.
  
Las Vegas police have released more documents from its investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
  
The department says a disk made public Wednesday contains dispatch logs and officer reports about the October attack that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.
  
It comes after The Associated Press and other media organizations sued for recordings and documents to shed light on the response by public agencies, emergency workers and hotel officials. Police are releasing the information in batches.
  
Some 1,200 pages of documents released a week ago included accounts by two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days before the attack about the U.S. government and gun control.
  
Video released May 2 from two officers' body-worn cameras showed police blasting through the door of a high-rise hotel suite where authorities say Stephen Paddock opened fire from the windows and then killed himself.
  
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9 a.m.
  
Police in Las Vegas are promising to release some dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
  
A scheduled release of documents Wednesday follows a court order in a public records lawsuit by The Associated Press and other media organizations seeking information about the Oct. 1 shooting.
  
The key unanswered question remains a motive for the gunman's rampage that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.
  
Police and the FBI have said they don't have a motive for the attack, and that the investigation is ongoing.
  
Some 1,200 pages of reports released a week ago included accounts by two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in days before the attack about the federal government and gun control.

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5/23/2018 3:03:16 PM (GMT -7:00)

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