Las Ve­gas ho­tel own­ers dis­pute po­lice time­line

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD - Mark Ber­man

The own­ers of the Las Ve­gas ho­tel where a man opened fire last week dis­puted on Thurs­day the po­lice ac­count of how part of the shoot­ing un­folded, cast­ing fur­ther doubt on what hap­pened be­fore and dur­ing the mas­sacre.

In the days since Stephen Pad­dock opened fire from his 32nd-floor suite at the Man­dalay Bay Re­sort and Casino, killing 58 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val and in­jur­ing hun­dreds more be­fore shoot­ing him­self, mys­tery has sur­rounded his mo­ti­va­tions and plan­ning.

But more re­cently, un­cer­tainty has also grown re­gard­ing the law en­force­ment re­sponse and pre­cisely what un­folded in­side the ho­tel the night of Pad­dock’s ram­page Oct. 1, when the first gun­shots were fired and why po­lice and the ho­tel’s own­ers have been un­able to agree on ba­sic facts about the time­line.

In a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day, MGM Re­sorts said the spe­cific time re­ported by Sher­iff Joseph Lom­bardo was in­cor­rect and that Je­sus Cam­pos, the ho­tel guard, called in that shots had been fired within a minute of the man fir­ing out his win­dow. MGM also said Las Ve­gas of­fi­cers were al­ready with ho­tel se­cu­rity when Cam­pos’ call came, sug­gest­ing there was no lag in alert­ing po­lice.

Lom­bardo, who has at­trib­uted the shifts in the time­line to the de­vel­op­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a de­sire to be trans­par­ent, warned that the timetable could shift again.

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