On Wednesday, Infowars Editor-at-Large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted out cell phone footage posted to Instagram that dispels conspiracy theories about their being a second Las Vegas gunman on the 4th flood of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“No there wasn’t a 2nd gunman on the 4th floor. The flashing light was there BEFORE the shooting. Stop this BS,” Watson tweeted.
The video was posted to Instagram by user bstarr22 with the following caption,
“The irony in this!! I was going through my pics and videos from last night. Approx two hours before the shooting took place @bigandrichofficial led the crowd at @route91harvest in singing God Bless America. Unknowingly..I was panning the crowd and scanned up to Mandalay Bay, simply to show the beauty of where we were and everyone’s lights on their phones.”
Liberal Snopes labeled the theory as false.
The “evidence” provided by YourNewsWire and on other conspiracy sites like ZeroHedge.com is a widely-shared, roughly 35-second blurry YouTube video in which the narrators claims to have captured muzzle flashes coming from a room on the fourth floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. The video can be viewed here:
Despite what the narrator says, the video in fact does not show muzzle flashes from a nonexistent shooter on the fourth floor of the hotel. The most obvious evidence supporting this is that none of the windows on the hotel’s fourth floor were broken (photographs show that Paddock had knocked out two windows in his suite, from where he had a birds-eye view of the crowd below). Another video tracked down by social media users shows the same light flashing an hour before the shooting started — it can be seen twinkling on the right side of the screen in the below video as country band Big and Rich are singing “God Bless America” earlier in the night: