Ho­tel of­fers new time­line for Ve­gas shoot­ing

It says at­tack be­gan sec­onds af­ter guard was shot.

Star Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT PEARCE Los An­ge­les Times

Coun­try singers tried to lift the spir­its of shoot­ing vic­tims this week with a live per­for­mance at Sun­rise Hospi­tal in Las Ve­gas. Among the vic­tims was Kurt Fowler, who hugged his 10-year-old daugh­ter, Ti­mori, dur­ing the show.

The com­pany that runs the Man­dalay Bay Re­sort and Casino has dis­puted the time­line of­fered by Las Ve­gas po­lice for the Oct. 1 mass shoot­ing at the ho­tel, sug­gest­ing Thurs­day that very lit­tle time had elapsed between when gun­man Stephen Pad­dock shot a ho­tel se­cu­rity guard and when he started fir­ing on a con­cert crowd out­side.

The po­lice time­line in­di­cates that six min­utes elapsed af­ter se­cu­rity guard Je­sus Cam­pos was shot out­side Pad­dock’s ho­tel room door be­fore Pad­dock fired his first shots at the crowd, but MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional man­agers say they are “now con­fi­dent” that the time­line is “not ac­cu­rate.”

“We know that shots were be­ing fired at the fes­ti­val lot at the same time as, or within 40 sec­onds af­ter, the time Je­sus Cam­pos first re­ported that shots were fired over the ra­dio,” the com­pany, which owns Man­dalay Bay, said in a state­ment.

One cru­cial el­e­ment miss­ing from the ho­tel’s state­ment: what time Cam­pos was shot, as op­posed to what time he re­ported be­ing shot.

The state­ment con­firms that Cam­pos, who was wounded in the leg af­ter Pad­dock fired an es­ti­mated 200 bul­lets through his ho­tel room door, may have re­ported a gun­man in the ho­tel some­time be­fore the mas­sacre be­gan at 10:05 p.m. It con­tin­ues to raise ques­tions about why it took po­lice at least 12 min­utes to reach the gun­man’s floor when armed se­cu­rity and Las Ve­gas po­lice were al­ready in the build­ing.

Pres­sure has mounted on Man­dalay Bay to com­ment in re­cent days af­ter Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo said Mon­day that the gun­man shot Cam­pos in the leg in the 32nd­floor hall­way at 9:59 p.m., a full six min­utes be­fore the mas­sacre be­gan.

MGM’s state­ment Thurs­day said com­pany man­agers now be­lieved the 9:59 p.m. time given for Cam­pos’ shoot­ing was not ac­cu­rate. They said an er­ro­neous re­port was given to in­ves­ti­ga­tors by Man­dalay Bay “with­out the ben­e­fit of in­for­ma­tion we now have.”

The com­pany did not give a new es­ti­mate of when Cam­pos was shot, and in­stead said Cam­pos called in the shoot­ing “at the same time as” or “within 40 sec­onds” of Pad­dock fir­ing on the crowd, where 58 vic­tims were killed and nearly 500 in­jured.

Las Ve­gas po­lice were al­ready in the ho­tel casino re­spond­ing to an­other call, and they were “to­gether with armed Man­dalay Bay se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in the build­ing when Cam­pos re­ported that shots were fired over the ra­dio,” the com­pany’s state­ment said.

Lom­bardo had pre­vi­ously said of­fi­cers were sur­prised to dis­cover that a se­cu­rity guard had been shot when they fi­nally ar­rived dur­ing on the 32nd floor at 10:17 p.m. — too late to stop Pad­dock, who had ceased fir­ing at 10:15 p.m.

JOHN LOCHER • As­so­ci­ated Press


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