Time­line from po­lice dis­puted by ho­tel

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world - By Michael Bal­samo

Man­dalay Bay ho­tel of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that the Las Ve­gas gun­man wounded a se­cu­rity guard in a ho­tel hall­way within 40 sec­onds be­fore fir­ing into the crowd at a mu­sic fes­ti­val, dis­put­ing a po­lice time­line that put six min­utes from the time the guard was shot un­til 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 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 be­fore tak­ing his own life.

The 64-year-old high­stakes 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 bashe­d­out 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.

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