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MGM Resorts releases surveillance footage of Stephen Paddock

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Stephen Paddock was captured on surveillance video at the Mandalay Bay. Source: MGM) Stephen Paddock was captured on surveillance video at the Mandalay Bay. Source: MGM)

MGM Resorts released surveillance video of Stephen Paddock before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on the Las Vegas Strip.

The clips shows Paddock repeatedly leaving the Mandalay Bay in a minivan loaded with suitcases. After entering the property, valets take his keys. Bellhops take his luggage and help him transport several bags to his room. Over a period of seven days, Paddock filled the room with his arsenal of weapons and ammunition. He cracks jokes and tips the bellhop as they take the service elevator.

"I had to turn the TV off and run to the bathroom. It made me sick to my stomach," survivor Li' Shey Johnson said. "That's a lot of luggage for one person. A lot of luggage, and you know they always say 'If you see something, say something.'"

Employees at Mandalay Bay appear to be the only ones who interact with Paddock as he checks in at the VIP desk, eats alone at a sushi restaurant, visits the gift shop for snacks and gambles on video poker machines. Casino hosts can also be seen greeting Paddock. 

"I saw the video, and I was just like everyone else thinking, 'Look how calm he is,'" retired Metro homicide detective Phil Ramos said. "What struck me is that every time you see him, he already knows what he's gonna do. He's set. I mean, he's got the plan in motion. He's ready to start killing all these people and kill himself and you would have no indication of that at all just by watching him."

Detective Ramos said, even with his 33 years of experience, he never would have suspected Paddock as a killer by watching this video.

"Cops have that innate sense to pick out somebody that's not acting right. I never would have looked at this guy twice," Detective Ramos said. "You're looking for any unusual behavior, whether they're nervous, looking around, checking to see who's watching them, looking for cameras, maybe sometimes they're wearing disguises or something like that, any kind of suspicious activity or unusual demeanor, but you didn't see any of that here."

Ramos said it's difficult not to judge while watching the videos because he, along with the rest of the world, knew what was coming.

"We can't look at the video tape objectively because we know what's in those bags, you know? But until any of this happened, nobody knew what was in those bags and if you go stand at the Mandalay Bay or any big resort right now, you'll see that same exact thing happening," Ramos said.

"I didn't know what it was going to do to me, but I wanted to see," Johnson said. "I wanted to this person walking in and out of a hotel."

While the videos were chilling for some to watch, they still gave no indication of a motive.

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The video footage was obtained initially by the New York Times from MGM Resorts.

"In the antiseptic stare of the surveillance camera, even the most ordinary interactions are deformed, made weird only by what we know now," The New York Times published. 

 MGM Resorts released the following statement to FOX5: 

In the interest of providing greater context around Stephen Paddock’s actions in the days leading up to October 1, MGM Resorts has released these security videos and images. As the security footage demonstrates, Stephen Paddock gave no indication of what he planned to do and his interactions with staff and overall behavior were all normal. MGM and Mandalay Bay could not reasonably foresee that a long-time guest with no known history of threats or violence and behaving in a manner that appeared outwardly normal, would carry out such an inexplicably evil, violent and deadly act.

Our focus continues to be on supporting victims and their families, our guests and employees, and cooperating with law enforcement with their ongoing investigation.

Body language expert analyzes Paddock's movements

Dr. Jack Brown, a body language expert, said he noticed a few things in particular about Paddock's behavior that concerned him.

Videos show Paddock immediately shuffling into the corner of elevators he rode by himself. Brown said he believes Paddock intentionally kept his back to the wall and his eyes toward natural entrances and exits while attempting to conceal his face from cameras.

"This should say, 'What is this guy hiding? Why is he doing that?'" Brown said. "Very very few people would cram themselves in a corner like this." 

Brown also pointed to multiple instances of Paddock showing anxiety, particularly when he was spending time with the bellhops who carried his luggage. He said the instances would not have been drastic enough to set off major red flags in his mind or in the mind of security personnel monitoring surveillance cameras.

"Lots of people put their hands in their pockets. It is beta. It's not alpha," Brown said. "(He's) feeling a little bit more vulnerable."

Although the video is grainy, Brown said he believes Paddock's facial expressions prove that he is a sociopath. He said he does not believe Paddock's gambling habits had anything to do with his violent behavior.

"That is a particular facial expression with low empathy and low sincerity," Brown said, pointing to a still photo of the shooter. "Everyone makes this facial expression, but about four percent of the population makes this expression a lot ... You wouldn't want to date someone with this facial expression."

Brown said it is important to note that not all sociopaths have violent tendencies, and obviously not everyone who suffers from anxiety is likely to be a mass shooter.

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