Housekeeper: Paddock Acted Strangely Days Before Shooting

She says he wouldn't stop staring at her
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2018 1:39 AM CDT
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In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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(Newser) – Days before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Stephen Paddock's odd behavior disturbed a housekeeper at the Mandalay Bay hotel. The housekeeper, whose account was among 1,200 pages of witness statements released by Las Vegas police Wednesday, says that when she cleaned his suite four days before the Oct. 1 massacre, he stayed in the room and stared at her while she worked, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. She says Paddock was working on his laptop and eating soup from room service while she was in the room, and she never saw his screen. "He keep on staring at me," says the housekeeper, who found it odd that he had more then five pieces of luggage in the room. Paddock killed 58 people when he opened fire on concertgoers from the suite.

Other hotel workers who dealt with Paddock over the years described him as a strange and introverted man, but one who was in some ways an ideal customer. They say he kept to himself, paid bills promptly, and never requested drugs or prostitutes. A host at the Rio casino says the only time he had a problem with Paddock was three years ago, when the gambler became extremely upset and yelled at the host because he had to wait 20 minutes for his bags to reach the casino's presidential suite. CNN reports that the released statements also include accounts from survivors. They describe scenes of panic and attempts to flee during breaks in the shooting after gunfire erupted during Jason Aldean's set. "On the third round of shots is when I got, I got hit running, right in the back," one man says.

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