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The Las Vegas Massacre

Las Vegas Gunman Took Elaborate Steps to Hide His Tracks


A review of a mobile mass shooting in Kalamazoo

Frank Straub, Ph.D., Brett Cowell, Jennifer Zeunik, and Ben Gorban. Managing the Response to a Mobile Mass Shooting. April 2017. Washington, DC: Police Foundation.

  • “…..The sequence of events that began Saturday afternoon with the suspect driving recklessly in and around the streets of Kalamazoo, ultimately ended with his arrest early Sunday morning. During that time, he allegedly shot eight people, killing six and severely wounding two, across three separate locations in and around the city…..”

11/14/2012: A 20-year-old man shoots and kills his mother at their Newtown, Connecticut, home then drives to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he kills 20 first graders and six school employees before turning a gun on himself.

History Channel

NY Times


Tehama, CA: This incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse.


“…..a much bigger death toll was averted when the killer was unable to break into an elementary school.  The staff at tiny Rancho Tehama Elementary School west of Corning moved quickly when they heard gunfire nearby just before classes were set to begin…”



11/5/2009: Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, kills 13 and wounds more than 30 others, nearly all of them unarmed soldiers, during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, TX (the worst mass murder at a U.S. military installation).

History Channel


A gunman walked into a small Baptist church in rural Texas on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least 25 people and wounding perhaps another 2 dozen.

NY Times


10 Minutes & 12 Gunfire Bursts: The Las Vegas Massacre Video from the NY Times

10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre.


The shots began at 10:05. Twelve bursts of gunfire later, police broke down Stephen Paddock’s door at the Mandalay Bay. The Times mapped 30 videos to draw perhaps the most complete picture to date of what happened

Paramedics, Stress & the Las Vegas Mass Shooting


“…..Weber said the green-tagged patients had minor injuries, the yellow-tagged patients had non-life-threatening injuries, and those with red tags needed to be transported to the hospital immediately. The black-tagged individuals were expected to die.
“We had to take the red-tagged patients first,” Weber said. “But it’s not always that easy. People were begging me to take them because they were in so much pain. One woman grabbed at my ankle and we locked eyes. All she could say was ‘please.’ She had tears all over her face. But she was tagged in yellow, and there were people in red. So I had to say, ‘I’m so sorry. Someone will be back for you soon.’”
Weber said patients were growing more desperate on their second round of pickups.
“They’d been waiting for maybe 20-30 minutes at that point, and they’re hurt and they’re bleeding,” Weber said. “So as you walked past them, they’d be like, ‘Help me, please. Help me.’ There was a man tagged yellow who said, ‘I have a new baby. Please save me.’”
“There were officers helping us triage, but there was still some discretion,” Weber added. “Do I pick up this red tag or that red tag? Which patient do we take? What if we choose the wrong one? It can be agonizing.”
Weber said that patients with green tags suffered injuries such as broken limbs and waited for hours to be transported to the hospital. He added that some of the green patients were with people who had already been transported to the hospital and had no idea if their loved ones were alive or dead…..”

Kileen, TX, 10/16/1991: George Jo Hennard drives his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria and then opens fire on a lunch crowd of over 100 people, killing 23 and injuring 20 more.

History Channel



Las Vegas’ trie first responders: Volunteers combed the grounds for survivors and carried out the injured. Strangers used belts as makeshift tourniquets to stanch bleeding, and then others sped the wounded to hospitals in the back seats of cars and the beds of pickup trucks.

NY Times


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