Las Vegas hotel says police timeline of shooting is false – here’s why

Las Vegas hotel says police timeline of shooting is false – here’s why
Crime scene tape surrounded the Mandalay Hotel on Oct. 2 after gunman Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded close to 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The parent company of Mandalay Bay hotels says that the official timeline of events from the police describing the night of the horrible Las Vegas shooting is inaccurate and needs to be revised.

How are the hotel and the police in disagreement?

The dispute centers on the six minutes that police say followed upon the shooter, Stephen Paddock, attacking hotel workers outside his door. Police say it took six minutes for Paddock to then turn his attention to the concertgoers at the country music festival and start shooting out the window at them.

But MGM Resorts International says this is not accurate and that there were mere seconds between the shooting of the hotel workers and the shooting of the concertgoers.

Both security guard Jesus Campos and maintenance man Stephen Schuck called in the gun attack to their dispatcher. But from there, the timeline is unclear and the record doesn’t say how long it took the dispatcher to contact police.

How does the hotel explain the discrepancy?

MGM Resorts says that there was an error in a “manually created” report, and that this discrepancy disappears with “the benefit of information we now have.”

“We 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,” says a statement from the hotel.

“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.”

Is there an ulterior motive in disputing the timeline?

There could be. If there were six minutes between the time Paddock shot at hotel workers and the time he shot from his window down at concertgoers, some are questioning if the hotel did everything they could to mitigate the death and destruction that followed.

This would be very important evidence in any lawsuit against the hotel, which many expect to be filed.

Will the timeline be revised?

Yes, police will be revising the timeline, ostensibly to reflect the hotel’s statement, on Friday. This is the second time that the timeline would be significantly revised. In a previous revision, the hotel workers were shot after Paddock had begun shooting out of his hotel window — the police later said the shooting of Campos happened before the main shooting.

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