Federal officials have confirmed that Mandalay Bay hotel officials didn’t notify police about a security guard being shot in the hallway by Stephen Paddock until after he opened fire on the crowd at a country music festival outside.
This confirmation means there could have been a delay of at least six minutes in calling the police of what turned into the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
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Over the past week, Las Vegas police have worked with the Mandalay Bay’s corporate parent MGM Resorts international to put together the most precise timeline possible.
He hit an unarmed security guard, Jesus Campos, who quickly called down to his officials to tell them what happened. Six minutes later Paddock unleashed his barrage of bullets on the festival crowd, killing 59 people and injuring nearly 500.
On Wednesday, an anonymous source revealed that new phone records show that Mandalay Bay hotel workers didn’t call police until after Paddock opened fire on the concert-goers below, despite knowing Campos had been shot.
Additionally, security staffers apparently didn’t call police when a different Mandalay Bay maintenance engineer, Stephen Schuck, called down to tell them Paddock was firing at him.
Schuck told told NBC News that he was checking out a report of a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay when he heard gunshots and hotel security guard, Jesus Campos, who had been shot in the leg, peeked out from an alcove and told him to take cover.
‘It was kind of relentless so I called over the radio what was going on,’ he said.
‘As soon as the shooting stopped we made our way down the hallway and took cover again and then the shooting started again.’
The company said on Monday that the chronology given by police ‘might be inaccurate,’ but didn’t give any details as to what they mean by that or what, specifically, is wrong with it.
‘We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline,’ said Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts International.
Chad Pinkerton, attorney for Paige Gasper, a California college student who was shot under the arm during in the attack, has said that if this new timeline is accurate those six minutes could have made all the difference.
‘These people that were killed and injured deserve to have those six minutes to protect them,’ Pinkerton said.
‘We lost those six minutes.’