Ho­tel didn’t im­me­di­ately re­port gun­fire, of­fi­cial says

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - 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 some 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.

In the most re­cent chronol­ogy 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.

MGM has said the chronol­ogy given by po­lice is in­ac­cu­rate, but it hasn’t said what was wrong with it.

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