Ve­gas time­line pa­per­work ‘wrong’

New York Post - - NEWS - Max Jaeger, David K. Li and Post Wires

The cor­po­rate own­ers of the Man­dalay Bay ho­tel are blam­ing a pa­per­work snafu for re­ports claim­ing they waited six min­utes to call cops af­ter Las Ve­gas mass killer Stephen Pad­dock be­gan his shoot­ing spree.

Po­lice have said Pad­dock fired his first shots at ho­tel se­cu­rity guard Je­sus Cam­pos and main­te­nance worker Stephen Schuck at 9:59 p.m. on Oct. 1.

That would mean Pad­dock’s at­tack on ho­tel staffers took place six min­utes be­fore he opened fire on mu­sic fans at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val 32 floors be­low, killing 58 and wound­ing nearly 500 in the worst mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory.

The im­pli­ca­tion of a 9:59 p.m. shoot­ing would be that Man­dalay Bay staffers waited six min­utes to call cops af­ter the two men ra­dioed them.

But MGM, cor­po­rate own­ers of Man­dalay Bay, is now claim­ing the time­line put out by cops is wrong.

MGM said Thurs­day that the ho­tel em­ploy­ees were ac­tu­ally shot only about 40 sec­onds be­fore Pad­dock turned his guns on the fes­ti­val crowd at 10:05 p.m. — and that they im­me­di­ately ra­dioed in what had hap­pened and that ho­tel se­cu­rity then im­me­di­ately called cops.

They claimed that po­lice got the mis­taken 9:59 p.m. time from a Man­dalay Bay re­port filled out in er­ror by a cler­i­cal staffer.

“The 9:59 p.m. PDT time was de­rived from a Man­dalay Bay re­port man­u­ally cre­ated af­ter the fact with­out the ben­e­fit of in­forma- tion we now have,” ac­cord­ing to a com­pany state­ment.

“We are now con­fi­dent that the time stated in this re­port is not ac­cu­rate.”

The shoot­ing time­line has had changed sev­eral times.

Po­lice first said Cam­pos en­coun­tered Pad­dock af­ter he opened fire on the crowd. That led to spec­u­la­tion that the guard prompted Pad­dock to stop shoot­ing.

But cops on Mon­day re­vised the ac­count to say Cam­pos en­coun­tered Pad­dock six min­utes be­fore Pad­dock shot at con­cert­go­ers.

MGM be­gan its push­back against the 9:59 p.m. time­line on Tues­day, say­ing the se­quence from cops “may not be ac­cu­rate.”

Po­lice are set to re­lease an up­dated time­line Fri­day.

Lo­cal and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties are still strug­gling to de­ter­mine Pad­dock’s mo­tive.

“There’s a lot of ef­fort be­ing put into un­rav­el­ing this hor­rific act,” FBI Di­rec­tor Christo­pher Wray told re­porters at a rib­bon-cut­ting for the FBI’s new At­lanta of­fices.


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