Timeline from police disputed by hotel
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.