Staff at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas say police reports of what happened on the night of the deadly massacre ‘may not be accurate’.
Authorities understand casino security guard, Jesus Campos, warned staff at the hotel about Stephen Paddock moments before he began firing at the 22,000-strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on 1st October.
Campos was shot and injured by Paddock as he approached the gunman’s suite on the 32nd floor.
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Investigators believe Campos, who was shot in the leg, could have been Paddock’s first victim minutes before he shot and killed 59 people.
Before the shooting started, a wounded Campos ‘called hotel officials to warn them about a gunman on the 32nd floor’, an investigator told the Los Angeles Times.
Police didn’t arrive at the room where Campos had been shot until after Stephen Paddock had finished his 10-minute shooting rampage, the investigation shows.
The revelation hotel security had been alerted comes the day after police changed their timeline of how the massacre started on October 1 — not with the attack on the crowd, but with the shooting of Campos inside the hotel about six minutes before.
Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts told LA Times:
He called it in before. 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, adding:
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.
An MGM Resorts spokeswoman appeared to dispute the police timeline in a statement issued, with Debra DeShong saying:
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.
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.
It is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time on what remains an open matter for law enforcement.
Paddock may have also ‘continued to shoot into the hotel hallway’ and there are reportedly ‘some indications’ a maintenance worker appeared in the hallway outside Paddock’s door during the shooting rampage and the gunman may have interrupted his firing at the crowd to shoot once again into the hallway, Roberts said, adding:
I don’t think it took long at all for the hotel and for police to respond to the shooting.
Roberts said the hotel dispatched its own armed security team to the 32nd floor, which arrived ‘right around the same time’ as police, who are said to have arrived on the 32nd floor at 10:17pm, but Paddock had already fired his final shots at 10:15pm.
By the time police entered the room, Paddock had killed himself.
There were police officers already inside the Mandalay Bay building responding to a separate and unrelated call when the attack happened, Roberts said.
Roberts also revealed there are no surveillance cameras in the hotel hallway, only on the floor’s elevator banks, and timestamps on the hotel’s communications systems have, in some cases been inaccurate, ‘hampering investigators’ ability to build an accurate timeline’ as they continue to look for the motive behind the attack.
Please remember this — our focus has been all along finding if there were other unknown subjects and trying to trace his steps and trying to do all these things.
In my opinion, I believe [Campos] disrupted the subject, interrupted him.
The fact the security guard did what he did, when he did it, shortened the amount of time that he was going to be shooting on the crowd, in my opinion. It moved up his timeline.
An up-to-date timeline is expected to be published on Friday.