Gap of 6minutes seen in alarm for shooting
Mandalay Bay execs failed to report initial gunfire
LAS VEGAS— Mandalay Bay Hotel officials didn’t notify police about a shooting in a hallway inside the high-rise until after Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at a country music festival outside, a federal official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The disclosure meant there may have been a delay of some six minutes in summoning police to the scene of what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
The official was briefed by law enforcement but wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
In the most recent chronology given by investigators, Paddock sprayed 200 rounds into the hallway on the 32nd floor on Oct. 1, wounding an unarmed security guard in the leg, six minutes before he unleashed his barrage of bullets on the festival crowd. He killed 58 people and injured nearly 500.
Over the past few days, Las Vegas police and the Mandalay Bay’s corporate parent, MGM Resorts International, would not answer questions about whether the hotel notified police about the hallway shooting in the minutes before the massacre began.
MGM had said the chronology given by police was inaccu- rate, but it hasn’t said what was wrong with it.
Not enough time
“These people that were killed and injured deserve to have those six minutes to protect them,” said Chad Pinkerton, a lawyer for Paige Gasper, a California college student who was shot under the arm in the attack. “We lost those six minutes,” Pinkerton said.
But Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director who had worked on SWAT teams, said the six minutes wouldn’t have been enough time for officers to stop the attack.
Investigators have yet to figure out what drove Paddock to mass murder.
The 64- year- old highstakes gambler and real estate investor began his 10minute attack on the crowd at 10: 05 p. m., firing more than 1,000 rounds from his bashed- out windows, police said. Police didn’t arrive on the 32nd floor until 10: 17 p. m., two minutes after he had stopped shooting.
Crosses laid out on a Las Vegas sidewalk were just some of the ways the mass killings of 58 people at a concert venue were being mourned. In top photo, friends and relatives of victims light candles for those who died.