Fire officials release tapes from Las Vegas shooting

The three hours of recordings released Friday provide a clearer picture of how firefighters and emergency medical crews responded


Associated Press 

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas fire officials have released radio dispatches that shed light on the chaotic scene as emergency workers raced to the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The three hours of recordings released Friday provide a clearer picture of how firefighters and emergency medical crews responded to the Oct. 1 massacre and to triage, treat and transport victims. Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds were injured.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas. (Photo/AP)
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas. (Photo/AP)

A mass casualty incident unit was requested two and a half minutes after firefighters saw people running frantically from the Route 91 Harvest Festival as gunman Stephen Paddock sprayed the crowd with a barrage of bullets.

A firefighter described hearing "fully-auto fire," a reference to the rapid hail of gunfire coming from a high-rise suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. Authorities concluded that Paddock used bump stocks on guns that helped him mimic automatic gunfire.

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