Ho­tel worker warned of Las Ve­gas shooter

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017

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A main­te­nance worker said Wed­nes­day he told ho­tel dis­patch­ers to call po­lice and re­port a gun­man had opened fire with a ri­fle in­side Man­dalay Bay be­fore the shooter be­gan fir­ing from his high­rise suite into a crowd at a nearby mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

The re­vised time­line has re­newed ques­tions about whether bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion might have al­lowed po­lice to re­spond more quickly and take out the gun­man be­fore he com­mit­ted the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern U.S. his­tory.

Worker Stephen Schuck told NBC News he was check­ing out a re­port of a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor when he heard gun­shots. A ho­tel se­cu­rity guard, who had been shot in the leg, peeked out from an al­cove and told him to take cover.

“As soon as I started to go to a door to my left, the rounds started com­ing down the hall­way,” Schuck said. “I could feel them pass right be­hind my head. It was kind of re­lent­less so I called over the ra­dio what was go­ing on. As soon as the shoot­ing stopped, we made our way down the hall­way and took cover again and then the shoot­ing started again.”

Po­lice said Mon­day they be­lieve gun­man Stephen Pad­dock shot a guard through the door of his suite six min­utes be­fore un­leash­ing a bar­rage of bul­lets into the con­cert crowd, killing 58 peo­ple and in­jur­ing hun­dreds more.

The in­jured guard used his ra­dio and pos­si­bly a hall­way phone to call ho­tel dis­patch­ers for help.

That ac­count dif­fers dra­mat­i­cally from the one po­lice gave last week, which said Pad­dock fired through the door of his room and in­jured the un­armed guard after shoot­ing into the crowd.

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