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LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

Las Vegas Metro police released body camera footage Wednesday from two officers who helped clear the room used by 1 October shooter Stephen Paddock. 

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo announced during a press conference Tuesday that the department would begin to release records related to the shooting on a regular "rolling" basis. A lawsuit by media prompted the release of the videos.

The videos released are from officer body cameras of police arriving on the scene, making their way to the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, where the shooter was found dead. Some video contains graphic content.

For at least the first half hour, the footage shows Sgt. Joshua Bitsko and Officer David Newton working their way up to the 32nd floor. They methodically swept and cleared the 28th floor, 29th floor, 30th floor, and 31st floor.

"I couldn't believe it. I was literally in shock," said Brian Claypool, a 1 October survivor and attorney representing victims. "I'm saying to myself the shooter, Paddock, is on the 32nd floor! He's in room 32-125, so why are the police officers on the 29th floor? Why are they on the 31st floor?"

The body camera videos do not include a time stamp, which is inconsistent with previous body camera videos released in October. When asked for an explanation, a spokesperson for the department Officer Larry Hadfield said Metro had "absolutely no comment."

" Seven months after the worst shooting in the history of the United States, and we still don't have an accurate credible timeline," Claypool said.

Lawyers for the police department said late Tuesday that the first officer to enter the hotel room, Levi Hancock, didn't activate his body camera. The disclosure raised concerns regarding whether officers followed department policy during the response to the mass shooting. 

Similarly, video from Officer Newton's body camera cuts off prior to the team entering Paddock's hotel room. Sgt. Bitsko was recording. As officers breach the second door within Paddock's room, the body camera picked up audio of an accidental discharge by Officer O'Donnell.

Authorities said Paddock opened fire from a Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. 

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Additional records on the shooting investigation including 911 recordings, additional video, evidence logs, and interviews are expected to be released in the coming weeks. 

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