Hotel disputes Las Vegas police over ‘six minute gap’ during mass shooting that left 58 dead

The Mandalay Bay hotel has disputed Las Vegas police over an apparent six-minute ‘gap’ during the recent mass shooting.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo made the bombshell admission on Monday that security officer Jesus Campos was shot before the massacre began, not after, as previously thought.

Stephen Paddock first opened fire at 9.59pm when Mr Campos tried to open a stairwell door adjacent to his suite.

Paddock, 64, had screwed it shut in a bid to hamper the police response.

He is then said to have begun firing into the crowd from two windows on the 32nd floor at 10.05pm.

Sheriff Lombardo

Police confirmed that by the time they arrived at the stairwell where Mr Campos remained injured, Paddock had stopped shooting.

It raised questions as to why it took so long to raise the alarm and locate the killer in one of America’s most high-profile terror targets.

Now the owners of the Mandalay, MGM International, have responded by claiming recent reports of the shooting timeline are “inaccurate”.

The hotel says that shots were fired into the festival “at the time same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shot were fired over the radio.”

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Police and armed hotel security then responded “immediately” to the 32nd floor, MGM says.

The statement in full reads: “Although we prefer not to comment on the details of the investigation, we are issuing this statement to correct some of the misinformation that has been reported.

“The 9.59 PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have.

“We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate.

“We now know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio.

“Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio.

“These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor.

“We will continue to work with law enforcement as we have from the first moments of this tragedy as they work towards developing an accurate timeline.”

Police are facing difficult questions about why it took around 25 minutes to locate the killer, and then another 45 minutes before to storm his hotel suite.

Previously, police had said Mr Campos was the “hero” who disturbed the killer around 15 minutes after the shooting began and brought it to an end.

But now it’s emerged that the chaos at the Mandalay Bay began when Mr Campos went to investigate a stairwell door which was adjacent to Paddock’s hotel room.

Police have yet to establish a concrete motive for Paddock’s massacre

Paddock was in the middle of installing cameras when he heard Mr Campos on the other side of the door using his radio.

He sprayed hundreds of bullets through the stairwell door, hitting Mr Campos in the leg.

Courageously, he raised the alarm and stayed in the stairwell.

Paddock then began firing on the crowd at the Route 91 music festival from his hotel windows.

Using a variety of weapons, he killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.

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Undersheriff Kevn McMahill talks journalists through the bodycam footage released by police

By the time the first responding police arrived at his suite, Paddock had stopped firing and may well have already killed himself.

The first officers on the scene included Sergeant Joshua Bitsko and Officer Dave Newton of the K9-unit who had been training dogs when they heard the call.

The third was Detective Matthew Donaldson who was at police headquarters and had already driven nine miles to get to the scene.

He told CBS News how he arrived barefoot.

He’d rushed out in cowboy boots which rubbed his feet raw as he sprinted the final few blocks to the Mandalay, and he decided it was easier to take them off.

Stephen Paddock

This ragtag mix of officers then formed an ‘ad hoc’ SWAT team and planned how they would storm the hotel room.

At 11.20pm, they used explosives to ‘breach’ the door and ran in to find Paddock dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Asked why it took more than an hour for this ‘ad hoc’ SWAT team to storm the room, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told KNPR: “Let me paint a picture for you… there’s no more active killing going on.

“SWAT was on route, but I wanna be clear to you.

“This was not an entry team composed entirely of all SWAT.

“Imagine you get to this door, it’s riddled with bullets, you look across and you see wires hanging off of a cart, it looks potentially like cameras, but you’re not sure if it’s wired to something on the other side of the door.

“And he’s no longer killing anybody. The game changes if he continues shooting, they go in, there’s no doubt about that.

“But as they go there, they also had conversation with one another that you can probably expect to get shot, and expect to get blown up.

“So they still make the decision to go in very quickly after an active shooter who has now killed dozens of people and injured hundreds and hundreds of other people.”

Victims flee the Route 91 festival after the shooting

Undersheriff McMahill said police didn’t realise the correct timeline of events because they have been concentrating on investigating Paddock.

But the revelation that the it took at least 25 minutes for police to reach the scene of a major shooting at a hotel in Las Vegas will raise serious security questions.

By comparison, armed officers with the Metropolitan Police had shot dead the three London Bridge terrorist attackers within eight minutes of the first call from a member of the public.

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Smashed windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay where the shooting occurred

Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for an answer as to Paddock’s true motive.

Sheriff Lombardo confirmed Paddock’s brother Eric and girlfriend Marilou Danley continue to be interviewed.

So far, police have yet to establish any concrete answers.

Sheriff Lombardo reiterated that they are certain Paddock had no links to a terror group or political organisation.

Eric Paddock

He was taking “medication” and police are concentrating on his mental health.

“This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers,” said Lombardo, who agreed he was frustrated with the speed of the investigation.

Police also confirmed reports which emerged last week that Paddock targeted a fuel tank on the edge of the festival.

Bullet holes were found in the tanks and Sheriff Lombardo said it’s believed Paddock may have been trying to set off an explosion as a distraction for his escape.


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