Las Vegas Metropolitan police are working around the clock to iron-out an official timeline of events related to the Las Vegas shooting.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano suggests that the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino had knowledge of an active shooter in their hotel six minutes before Steven Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history, reports Fox News.
On Sunday, October 1, Nevada resident Steven Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino onto the 22,000 country music fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The tragic shooting left 58 dead and over 200 wounded.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), has remained accessible to the public as details of the shooting emerge, and they are continually updating an official timeline of events.
Now, MGM Resorts International, the company that owns the Mandalay Bay, is questioning the latest timeline released by LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo
According to the original timeline, Steven Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 festival at 10:05 PM and had ceased shooting by 10:15 PM. Police identified that shots were coming from the Mandalay Resort by 10:08 PM and officers arrived on the 31st floor at 10:12 PM when they “announced the gunfire is coming from directly above them.” Las Vegas police were stationed on the 32nd floor by 10:17 PM and found Jesus Campos at 10:18 PM.
Campos, a security guard at Mandalay Bay, was responding to an unrelated alarm on the 32nd floor when Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting security guard. Paddock fired around 200 rounds into the hallway. Only one bullet struck Campos in the leg.
Police found Campos in an elevator at 10:18 PM when Campos told police which room Paddock was hiding in. Police originally assumed Campos was shot sometime between 10:05 PM and 10:15 PM.
However, at a press conference on Monday, Sheriff Lombardo updated the official timeline. Now, police believe that Campos was shot at 9:59 PM – six minutes before Paddock commenced his killing spree.
“This remains an ongoing investigation with a lot of moving parts. As evidenced by law enforcement briefings over the past week, many facts are still unverified and continue to change as events are under review,” explained Debra DeShong, a spokesperson for MGM Resorts. “We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publically, and we believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate,” she said, casting doubt on the latest police timeline.
The LVMPD maintain that the latest timeline reflects the information they have available, but is subject to change since the investigation is still ongoing.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino had knowledge of an active shooter in their hotel six minutes before Steven Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history. Could they have stopped it?
According to Judge Napolitano, the changes to the timeline could be damning for MGM Resorts. Judge Napolitano suggests that MGM knew they had an active shooter in the building, yet failed to inform the police. The news is “that the agent of the hotel who should have been carrying with him a recording device — a device which would have allowed the head of security or somebody in security to listen in – was shot at 200 times by an automatic weapon.”
“So Mandalay Bay knew of the existence and presence and workability of the automatic weapon six minutes before he started killing people. That should have triggered an enormous response,” Judge Napolitano said.
The truth will come out as the facts present. Six minutes is an adequate amount of time for law enforcement and security to respond to such an event. Nevertheless, and no matter what the facts expose, this event remains a significant tragedy.