Authorities reluctantly released the first installment of police video from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the massacre of 58 people last year at an outdoor music concert at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The footage from two officers was released Wednesday in response to a lawsuit brought by multiple news organizations seeking the release of 911 recordings, body camera footage and documents related to the shooting.
“We believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “For that, we apologize.”
The body camera video released includes more than two hours of footage from two of the officers to first reach the gunman’s room. Another did not activate his camera.
In March, video released from the hotel shows Stephen Paddock methodically bringing suitcases to his room over the course of several days.
Now new images are shedding light on how police responded as the investigation continues into the massacre.