State­ment from ho­tel again al­ters time­line

Man­dalay Bay: Gun­man shot at crowd sec­onds af­ter shoot­ing guard

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD - By Michael Bal­samo

Man­dalay Bay ho­tel of­fi­cials said Thurs­day the Las Ve­gas, Nev., gun­man wounded a se­cu­rity guard in a ho­tel hall­way within 40 sec­onds of fir­ing into the crowd at a mu­sic fes­ti­val, dis­put­ing a po­lice time­line that put six min­utes from the time the guard was shot and when Stephen Pad­dock com­mit­ted the worst mass shoot­ing in U.S. his­tory.

In the most re­cent chronol­ogy given by in­ves­ti­ga­tors on Mon­day, po­lice said Pad­dock sprayed 200 rounds into the hall­way on the 32nd floor 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 be­fore tak­ing his own life.

The 64-year-old high-stakes gam­bler and real es­tate in­vestor be­gan his 10-minute 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.

In a state­ment Thurs­day, MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, which owns the Man­dalay Bay, said the re­ported time of the hall­way shoot­ing, which Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo said hap­pened at 9:59 p.m., came from a re­port that was man­u­ally cre­ated af­ter the mas­sacre.

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

Ho­tel of­fi­cials be­lieve Pad­dock be­gan shoot­ing into the con­cert crowd “at the same time as, or within 40 sec­onds af­ter” the wounded guard, Je­sus Cam­pos, used his ra­dio to call for help, the state­ment said. A main­te­nance worker, Stephen Schuck, also called for help on his ra­dio, ask­ing a dis­patcher to call the po­lice be­cause some­one was shoot­ing a ri­fle on the ho­tel’s 32nd floor.

Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on MGM’s state­ment.

The time­line given by po­lice ear­lier this week dif­fered dra­mat­i­cally from the one they gave last week: that Pad­dock shot through his door and wounded Cam­pos af­ter he had opened fire on the crowd.

The ho­tel says Las Ve­gas po­lice of­fi­cers and armed ho­tel guards im­me­di­ately re­sponded to the shoot­ing and the com­pany is con­tin­u­ing to co­op­er­ate with po­lice.

FBI Di­rec­tor Christo­pher Wray said in­ves­ti­ga­tors haven’t yet de­ter­mined a mo­tive be­hind the mass shoot­ing but they’re still dig­ging.

“There’s a lot of ef­fort be­ing put into un­rav­el­ing this hor­rific act,” Wray told re­porters af­ter a rib­bon-cut­ting for the FBI’s new Atlanta build­ing. “We don’t know yet what the mo­tive is, but that’s not for lack of try­ing, and if you know any­thing about the bu­reau we don’t give up easy.”

Also Thurs­day, a fu­neral was held for Erick Silva, a 21-year-old se­cu­rity guard at the fes­ti­val who was shot in the head while help­ing peo­ple climb over a bar­ri­cade to es­cape the gun­fire. Dozens of fel­low “yel­low shirt” se­cu­rity guards were among the hun­dreds of mourn­ers at the ser­vice, where Silva was hailed as a hero.

“We counted on him, and he didn’t let us down,” said his boss, Gina Ar­gento.

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