Las Vegas police have revealed new information, changing their previous timeline of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured 500. A security guard at the Mandalay Bay hotel had alerted the hotel about shots being fired 6 minutes before the attack on the concert crowd.
According to the new reports, Stephen Paddock fired his first shots at 9:59, when he shot through his door at an unarmed hotel security guard. Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos was responding to an open door alarm when Paddock, seeing him via cameras he’d set up in the hallway, fired through his door at Campos, hitting him in the leg.
Paddock fired some 200 rounds into the hallway. Injured, Campos radioed hotel security to report that he’d been shot. According to the newly laid timeline, a full six minutes passed between the time when the shooter shot Campos and when he open fired on concert goers at 10:05.
Mandalay Bay disputes that the timeline of events is accurate. A spokeswoman claims the hotel doesn’t know when Campos called to report that he’d been shot.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
The revelation that hotel security had been alerted comes a day after Las Vegas police changed their timeline of how the Route 91 Harvest country music festival massacre started on Oct. 1 — not with an attack on a crowd along the Strip at 10:05 p.m., but with the shooting of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos inside the hotel about six minutes before.
“He called it in before” the attack began, possibly using a hallway phone to contact hotel security, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts told The Times in an interview. “He manually called down and he used his radio to call. … That’s what we were briefed this morning.”
Roberts said he didn’t know precisely what time Campos called in his own shooting before the assault on the concert began, or whether the hotel immediately passed the information to police.
“We just don’t know how long it took him to call. He’s getting shot at, he’s running, he’s getting shot, he finds some cover, that’s when he starts calling in,” Roberts said.
A spokeswoman for the company that owns Mandalay Bay seemed to dispute the police timeline given to The Times on Tuesday but did not explain why.
“This remains an ongoing investigation with a lot of moving parts. As evidenced by law enforcement briefings over the past week, many facts are still unverified and continue to change as events are under review,” MGM Resorts International spokeswoman Debra DeShong said in a statement. “We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publicly, and we believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.”
DeShong added, “It is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time on what remains an open matter for law enforcement.”
Police arrived on the shooter’s 32nd floor at 10:17, just two minutes after Paddock stoped firing from his windows.
One attorney says it is “amazing and shocking” that the hotel didn’t respond earlier.
The Los Angeles Times continues:
Attorney Richard A. Patterson, who has already filed legal papers to prevent the distribution of any of Paddock’s assets on behalf of victim John Phippen’s family, said the latest revelations of a six-minute delay between the shooting of Campos and the beginning of Paddock’s shooting rampage suggest “incompetence” on the part of Mandalay Bay.
“We are talking six minutes here. This is amazing and shocking that they didn’t respond faster,” said Patterson, who was planning legal action against MGM Resorts International on behalf of victims and the families of those killed or injured.
“I think everybody’s question is, what if they had gotten there?” Patterson said. “There are high-speed elevators to the 32nd floor. A couple of minutes makes all the difference. At the very least, they could have distracted the killer. Maybe they could have prevented it.”
Six minutes certainly is plenty of time to take action. Armed hotel security teams reportedly arrived on the 32nd floor near the same time as Vegas police. If they had six minutes longer to respond, why didn’t they arrive sooner?
With each passing day, more and more questions arise…