Las Vegas shooter's note had calculations for targeting crowd, police say

By: Matt Naham, Rare.us

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LAS VEGAS - CNN and other news outlets are now reporting that the cryptic note left behind by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock said to contain a puzzling series of numbers is now believed to be calculations of distance and trajectory from the 32nd-floor windows of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which he used as a perch to fire on a crowd of thousands, kill 58 and wound hundreds.

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CBS News’s “60 Minutes” also obtained the information from officers who were on the scene first. 

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Officer Dave Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit said he “could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd.”

“So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there,” Newton added.

Newton also described what it was like after they breached the door of the hotel room and found Paddock dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Very eerie. Yeah, the dust from the explosive breach. And, then you have the flashing lights,” he said. “And that looked straight, like, out of a movie, you know?”

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said his officers and the FBI are currently following up on all leads.

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“There’s people that know this individual. There’s people that can help us understand this individual,” Lombardo has said, according to KABC.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Las Vegas on Saturday to take part in a ceremony honoring the victims of last weekend’s massacre.

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