It’s been more than three months since Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Las Vegas country music concert, but new details are now emerging about the Mandalay Bay hotel’s interactions with Paddock in the days leading up to the shooting.
According to the Review Journal, an MGM Resort spokesperson said Friday that hotel staff either had contact with Paddock or entered his suite “more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1.”
Those interactions included room service, housekeeping, and at least one phone call.
“There were numerous interactions with Stephen Paddock every day at the resort,” the spokesperson added, “including a room service delivery and a call with housekeeping on October 1, all of which were normal in nature.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Staff at the Mandalay Bay hotel interacted with Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock just days before as well as on the day he killed 58 people and injured 500 others at a country music concert on the strip last October, MGM Resorts International told The Las Vegas Review Journal on Friday.
“MGM Resorts is focused on supporting the health and welfare of our guests. All MGM Resorts properties follow a health and welfare check operating procedure that stipulates a welfare check be performed after two consecutive days where a Do-Not-Disturb sign has been displayed on the door and the guest has not interacted in-person or by phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff over the same period. In addition, our staff reserves the right to enter the room if it is deemed appropriate to conduct a welfare check,” an MGM Resorts International spokesman told The Daily Caller in an e-mail statement.
“Importantly, as it relates to the terrible tragedy on October 1, there were numerous interactions with Stephen Paddock every day at the resort, including a room service delivery and a call with housekeeping on October 1, all of which were normal in nature. As a result of these interactions, there was no need to conduct a welfare check. Further, Mandalay Bay staff, room service and housekeeping had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1.”
Will all those interactions with Mandalay Bay staff, one must wonder how they failed to notice Paddock bringing a stockpile of weapons up to his suite.
Paddock didn’t allow anyone at all into his room two to three days before the shooting. The resort’s do-not disturb policies were seriously questioned as it became clear why he was so adamant about prolonged privacy.
The Las Vegas News Journal reports:
MGM’s do-not-disturb policy gained national attention after Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn addressed it in a “Fox News Sunday” interview a week after the shooting.
Wynn was among those who criticized MGM for not making contact with Paddock.
“The scenario that we are aware of would have indicated that he didn’t let anyone in the room for two or three days. That would have triggered a whole bunch of alarms here,” Wynn said in the Oct. 8 interview.
By admitting that they had so many interactions with Paddock, MGM addresses the questions raised by Wynn.
Because they continued to interact with Paddock, and because someone at some point did enter the room, the hotel claims they had no reason to suspect anything and weren’t concerned with Paddock’s later insistence at some point that nobody enter his room.
Should Mandalay Bay staff have noticed “a whole bunch of alarms”?
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