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Counter-terrorism expert from NH talks about Las Vegas mass shooting


WMUR Channel 9

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A counter-terrorism expert from New Hampshire spoke to News 9 about the Las Vegas mass shooting and broke down how the shooter may have planned the attack.

Former Army Ranger and Green Beret Jim Steiner said one of his first impressions from watching some of the video taken at the scene was that it is clear that 64 year-old Stephen Paddock used an automatic weapon during the attack

Steiner said that to have killed and injured so many people, Paddock likely fired around 600 rounds -- all of which could fit in a gym bag.

He also said the shooter was probably using 30-round magazines and firing randomly at the crowd.

Steiner said Paddock, who was from Nevada, will likely be found to have his own reasoning for doing what he did and not be affiliated with any international terrorist organization or agenda.

“He probably went through what I call dry rehearsals the first couple of nights of the concert to figure out logistically ‘How am I going to engage these innocent people?’ And that's a sad commentary, but it would appear to me that he had a couple of days to plan and to practice before he actually started firing the rounds,” Steiner said.

Steiner said Paddock, who police found dead in his room, likely did not have an escape plan and killed himself knowing he would die once he initiated the attack.

Read more: http://www.wmur.com/article/counter-terrorism-expert-from-nh-talks-about-las-vegas-mass-shooting/12769209