Cops FROZE For Four And A Half Minutes While Vegas Gunman Fired

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Two Las Vegas police officers who responded to the mass shooting at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino stayed a floor below the shooter for almost five minutes while he fired on people attending a country music concert, shows body camera footage released Wednesday.

The 10-minute video shows Officer Cordell Hendrex and his first-day trainee Elif Varsin exiting an elevator onto the 31st floor of the hotel, where they can hear gunfire coming from the floor above them, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The video was recorded by Varsin’s body camera.

Hendrex, Varsin and three armed hotel security guards remained on the 31st floor for four and half minutes until the gunfire stopped. (RELATED: Puerto Rico’s Morgues Are Overflowing With The Bodies Of Hurricane Victims)

Hendrex did not disclose his position over police radio until the group had been on the 31st floor for almost two minutes.

The officers received radio dispatches from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, including one in which an unnamed officer describing the gun shot wound victims at the concert.

“We can’t worry about victims,” said another officer heard over police radio in the video. “We need to stop the shooter before we have more victims. Does anyone have eyes on the shooter?”

The Las Vegas shooting in October left 50 people dead and more than 400 injured. The 64-year-old shooter died by suicide during the incident.

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