“Mandalay Bay staff did not call Las Vegas police until mass shooter Stephen Paddock had already begun firing on concertgoers, a source who has reviewed the records told ABC News. That means the hotel did not call police when security guard Jesus Campos first reported that someone was shooting on the 32nd floor, or when building engineer Stephen Schuck also internally reported someone was firing at him on the same floor.” As we reported previously . . .
the Clark County Sheriff recently amended the shooting’s official timeline to reveal a six-minute delay between the time Mr. Paddock shot Mr. Campos and the moment Mr. Paddock opened fire on the open air country music concert below. More to the point, nineteen minutes elapsed before Mr. Campos ID’ed Paddock’s room to Las Vegas police.
And we now know for a fact that Mr. Campos informed the hotel of his location on the 32nd floor. A fact that the aforementioned building engineer confirmed to NBC:
Schuck 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 the hotel security guard 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,” Schuck said. “As soon as the shooting stopped we made our way down the hallway and took cover again and then the shooting started again.”
Gunshots can be heard in the background as Schuck used his radio to report the shooting, telling a dispatcher: “Call the police, someone’s firing a gun up here. Someone’s firing a rifle on the 32nd floor down the hallway.”
Campos also used his radio and possibly a hallway phone to call hotel dispatchers for help, police have said. It was unclear if and when the hotel relayed the reports of shots being fired to police.
If a gun control politicians wants to know how this mass murder could have been prevented, the answer lies with the Mandalay Bay hotel. A possibility that already has attracted the attention of lawyers representing the injured and survivors’ families.
“These people that were killed and injured deserve to have those six minutes to protect them,” said Chad Pinkerton, an attorney for Paige Gasper, a California college student who was shot under the arm in the attack. “We lost those six minutes.”
No wonder the Las Vegas police — closerthanthnis with Sin City’s hotels — are deep in CYA mode.
Las Vegas authorities did not respond to questions about whether hotel security or anyone else in the hotel called 911 to report the gunfire.
“Our officers got there as fast as they possibly could and they did what they were trained to do,” Las Vegas assistant sheriff Todd Fasulo said previously . . .
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill earlier defended the hotel and said the encounter between Paddock and the security guard and maintenance man disrupted the gunman’s plans, but he would not comment on the revised timeline.
“MGM and the people associated with the MGM and people involved that night at the event did a fantastic job,” McMahill said.
The six minutes wouldn’t have been enough time for officers to stop the attack, said Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director who has worked on SWAT teams.
Rather than rush in without a game plan, police would have been formulating the best response to the barricaded gunman, he said.
“Maybe that’s enough time to get the first patrolman onto the floor but the first patrolman is not going to go knock on that customer’s door and say ‘What’s going on with 200 holes in the door?'” Hosko said.
I guess Agent Hosko missed that whole post-Columbine massacre shift from “wait for SWAT” to “go, go, go!”
Anyway, it’s now clear that Mandalay Bay hotel security screwed-up — staying stum and sitting on their hands for nineteen minutes while dozens of innocent lives were lost and hundreds injured. But it doesn’t matter because what could we have done anyway? Let’s see how well that plays in court.