Of­fi­cial: Ho­tel re­port of gun­fire was de­layed

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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 means there may have been a de­lay of about six min­utes in sum­mon­ing po­lice to the scene of what be­came the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern U.S. his­tory.

The of­fi­cial was briefed by law en­force­ment but wasn’t au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the mat­ter pub­licly and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, the AP re­ported.

In the most re­cent time line given by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, 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.

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.

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