(3 Oct 2017) Recently retired ATF agent Thomas Ahern says it doesn’t take any special skills to fire a fully automatic weapon like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500. Automatic weapons are designed for war, he says.
“With one depression of that trigger, and when you have a crowd of 22,000 people standing shoulder to shoulder, it becomes very deadly,” Ahern said.
Stephen Paddock staged himself in a room on the 32nd floor of the hotel that towers over the Las Vegas Strip with a prime view of the Route 91 Harvest Festival taking place below.
Authorities say he took a hammer to the window and began spewing a staccato beat of rounds to the crowd below. The shooter appeared to fire unhindered for more than 10 minutes as police searched frantically for the origin of the shots.
Investigators gave few details on the weapons used, but reported over the radio that they were faced with fully automatic fire.
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