Official says Vegas hotel didn't immediately report shots

  • Mandalay Bay hotel officials didn't call police about a security guard being shot in the hallway until after Stephen Paddock started shooting into the crowd 
  • Security guard Jesus Campos was shot 6 minutes before Paddock started firing
  • He reportedly radioed down to tell his supervisors of the shooting, but they didn't immediately call the police
  • Over the past week hotel officials and police have worked together to put together the most precise timeline possible
  • It's still not clear why Paddock opened fire on the country festival or why he stopped shooting when he did 

By Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 03:19 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 19:15 EDT, 12 October 2017

Police weren't called until six minutes after Stephen Paddock (pictured) started shooting into the crowd, despite hotel security knowing he was armed and dangerous, authorities have said
Police weren't called until six minutes after Stephen Paddock (pictured) started shooting into the crowd, despite hotel security knowing he was armed and dangerous, authorities have said

Police weren't called until six minutes after Stephen Paddock (pictured) started shooting into the crowd, despite hotel security knowing he was armed and dangerous, authorities have said

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.  

The federal official was briefed by law enforcement but wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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. 

In the most recent timeline presented by investigators Paddock shot 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. 

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.

ORIGINAL TIMELINE 

This is the original timeline of events given out by police on Wednesday.

10:05pm: Paddock fires his first shots on the crowd, as seen on CCTV.

10:12pm: First two officers arrive on the 31st floor and announce gunfire is coming from directly above them.

10:14pm: Guard Jesus Campos approaches Paddock's room and is shot, but only injured.

10:15pm: The last shots are fired from the suspect, per bodycam, due to Campos' intervention.

10:17pm: The first two officers arrive on the 32nd floor from the 31st.

10:18pm: Campos tells the cops he was shot and gives them the exact location of the suspect's room.

10:26-10:30pm: With Paddock quiet, eight additional cops arrive and they decide to evacuate the rooms on the floor.

10:55pm: Eight officers arrive in the stairwell next to the suspect's room and find the door tampered with and a camera on a room service cart outside; they decide to hold off.

11:20pm: Paddock's room is breached and police enter the room to find him dead.

NEW TIMELINE 

This is the new timeline given out on Monday.

9:59pm: Campos approaches Paddock's room looking for an alarm going off at a door nearby - likely from the stairwell. He is shot at and injured. He immediately notifies hotel security. Stephen Schuck appears to back up this account

10:05pm: First shots fired by suspect.

10:12pm: First two officers arrive on the 31st floor.

10:15pm: The last shots are fired from the suspect for reasons unknown.

10:17pm: The first two officers arrive on the 32nd floor from the 31st.

10:18pm: Campos, who has been stricken for almost 20 minutes, tells police about Paddock's room.

10:26-10:30pm: With Paddock quiet, eight more cops arrive and they decide to evacuate the rooms on the floor.

10:55pm: Eight officers arrive in the stairwell next to the suspect's room and find the door tampered with and a camera on a room service cart outside; they decide to hold off.

11:20pm: Paddock's room is breached and police enter the room to find him dead.

Guard Jesus Campos approached Paddock's room down the corridor, investigating an alarm - likely due to Paddock tampering with the doorway to the stairwell next to his suite. Paddock then fired on him at 9:59pm, and opened fire on people below at 10:05pm
Guard Jesus Campos approached Paddock's room down the corridor, investigating an alarm - likely due to Paddock tampering with the doorway to the stairwell next to his suite. Paddock then fired on him at 9:59pm, and opened fire on people below at 10:05pm

Guard Jesus Campos approached Paddock's room down the corridor, investigating an alarm - likely due to Paddock tampering with the doorway to the stairwell next to his suite. Paddock then fired on him at 9:59pm, and opened fire on people below at 10:05pm

Windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel room from where Stephen Paddock launched his assault on concert goers
Windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel room from where Stephen Paddock launched his assault on concert goers

Windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel room from where Stephen Paddock launched his assault on concert goers

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. 

'Call the police, someone is firing a gun up here. Someone is firing a rifle on the 32nd floor down the hallway,' Schuck can be heard saying on new audio tapes released by the hotel on Wednesday. 

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. 

'As soon as I started to go to a door to my left the rounds started coming down the hallway,' Schuck said. 'I could feel them pass right behind my head.

'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.' 

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, pictured, special agent in charge for the FBI in Nevada, discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting on Monday
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, pictured, special agent in charge for the FBI in Nevada, discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting on Monday

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, pictured, special agent in charge for the FBI in Nevada, discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting on Monday

Engineer Stephen Schuck (pictured) said he was checking out a report of a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay when he heard gunshots and saw shot security guard Jesus Campos, who told him to take cover
Engineer Stephen Schuck (pictured) said he was checking out a report of a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay when he heard gunshots and saw shot security guard Jesus Campos, who told him to take cover

Engineer Stephen Schuck (pictured) said he was checking out a report of a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay when he heard gunshots and saw shot security guard Jesus Campos, who told him to take cover

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. Pictured a group of people carrying someone who had been injured by gunfire in the October 1 shooting
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. Pictured a group of people carrying someone who had been injured by gunfire in the October 1 shooting

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. Pictured a group of people carrying someone who had been injured by gunfire in the October 1 shooting

In the most recent timeline presented by investigators Paddock shot 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. He hit an unarmed security guard, Jesus Campos, and six minutes unleashed his barrage of bullets on the festival crowd, killing 59 people and injuring nearly 500. Pictured are some of the wounded after the shooting stopped that night
In the most recent timeline presented by investigators Paddock shot 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. He hit an unarmed security guard, Jesus Campos, and six minutes unleashed his barrage of bullets on the festival crowd, killing 59 people and injuring nearly 500. Pictured are some of the wounded after the shooting stopped that night

In the most recent timeline presented by investigators Paddock shot 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. He hit an unarmed security guard, Jesus Campos, and six minutes unleashed his barrage of bullets on the festival crowd, killing 59 people and injuring nearly 500. Pictured are some of the wounded after the shooting stopped that night

MGM would not answer questions about whether the hotel called the police about the hallway shooting in the few minutes before the massacre began. 

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. 

'We believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.' 

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.'

But Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director who has worked on SWAT teams, said the six minutes wouldn't have been enough time for officers to stop the attack.  

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. 

MGM would not answer questions about whether the hotel called the police about the hallway shooting in the few minutes before the massacre began. Pictured are victims lying on the ground during the gunfire
MGM would not answer questions about whether the hotel called the police about the hallway shooting in the few minutes before the massacre began. Pictured are victims lying on the ground during the gunfire

MGM would not answer questions about whether the hotel called the police about the hallway shooting in the few minutes before the massacre began. Pictured are victims lying on the ground during the gunfire

 Investigators have yet to figure out what drove Paddock to mass murder, or what made him stop firing
 Investigators have yet to figure out what drove Paddock to mass murder, or what made him stop firing

 Investigators have yet to figure out what drove Paddock to mass murder, or what made him stop firing

Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Fowler embraces his 10-year-old daughter Timori Fowler during a country music performance at Sunrise Hospital on Wednesday in Las Vegas
Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Fowler embraces his 10-year-old daughter Timori Fowler during a country music performance at Sunrise Hospital on Wednesday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Fowler embraces his 10-year-old daughter Timori Fowler during a country music performance at Sunrise Hospital on Wednesday in Las Vegas

The timeline given by police earlier this week differed dramatically from the one they gave last week - that Paddock shot through his door and wounded the guard, Jesus Campos, after he had opened fire on the crowd 
The timeline given by police earlier this week differed dramatically from the one they gave last week - that Paddock shot through his door and wounded the guard, Jesus Campos, after he had opened fire on the crowd 

The timeline given by police earlier this week differed dramatically from the one they gave last week - that Paddock shot through his door and wounded the guard, Jesus Campos, after he had opened fire on the crowd 

Investigators have yet to figure out what drove Paddock to mass murder, or what made him stop firing. 

The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor began his 10-minute attack on the crowd at 10.05 pm, firing more than 1,000 rounds from his bashed-out windows, police said. 

Police didn't arrive on the 32nd floor until 10.17pm., two minutes after he had stopped shooting.

The timeline given by police earlier this week differed dramatically from the one they gave last week - that Paddock shot through his door and wounded the guard, Jesus Campos, after he had opened fire on the crowd.

Also Thursday, a funeral was held for Erick Silva, a 21-year-old security guard at the festival who was shot in the head while helping people climb over a barricade to escape the gunfire. 

Dozens of fellow 'yellow shirt' security guards were among the hundreds of mourners at the service, where Silva was hailed as a hero.

'We counted on him, and he didn't let us down,' said his boss, Gina Argento.


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