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Police officers take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. Photo: John Locher / AP

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo gave a step-by-step rundown Wednesday night of the response to Monday's shooting.

Key quote: "What we know is Steven Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo, and living a secret life much of which will never be fully understood... he meticulously planned the worst domestic attack in United States history."

  • 10:05 PM PT: First shots fired by the suspect
  • 10:12: Two officers arrive on 31st floor, say shooting coming from directly above them
  • 10:15: Last shots fired by suspect (10 minutes after shooting began)
  • 10:17: Two officers arrive on 32nd floor
  • 10:18: Security officer says he's been shot, gives location of the room
  • 10:26-10:30: Eight additional officers arrive on 32nd floor, begin to clear rooms because they don't hear additional gunfire and believe the suspect may have barricaded himself in.
  • 10:55: Eight officers arrive in hallway near suspect's room
  • 11:20: First room breached, officers notice the suspect is down (75 minutes after shooting began)
  • 11:27: Second room breached, no other suspects spotted

Other takeaways:

  • Lombardo said he suspected Stephen Paddock likely had an accomplice or accomplices, but that was under investigation.
  • He said there was evidence Paddock planned to survive and escape.
  • He said Paddock began stockpiling weapons in October 2016, and they were investigating what was going on at that time in his life.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.