Gap of 6min­utes seen in alarm for shoot­ing

Man­dalay Bay ex­ecs failed to re­port ini­tial gun­fire

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD - — AP

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.

Editor Ad­lai Noel O. Ve­lasco


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.

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