3. "Commanding terrain"
The L.A. Times recreates the Vegas horror ... "From the 32nd floor, Stephen Paddock became a killing machine, showing the power of a sniper": "He was a quarter of a mile away and a few hundred feet high — the smallest of specks in a boisterous landscape. They were 22,000 targets in an open field, dodging gunfire.""Some staked their lives on the shelter of a beer cart, a food truck, a cooler. Those who ran had little sense of direction. Were they racing toward the shots? Would a car, a restaurant, a hotel closet, become refuge or a trap?"Why it matters: "Authorities have long discussed the threat of terrorism by a sniper in a crowded area and the reality that there are relatively few tools to prevent or quickly stop such an attack.""Los Angeles police have tried different tactics, including placing sharpshooters on rooftops during the Academy Awards.""But replicating those tactics more commonly at open-air events would be costly and in some cases impractical. Stephen Paddock's position ... gave him 'commanding terrain.'"N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... John Weinreich, executive casino host at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., recalling Paddock, who played as many as 1,000 hands of video poker an hour: "Not a lot of smiles and friendliness. There was not a lot of body movement except for his hands."