MGM releases statement refuting Metro's latest timeline in shooting

LAS VEGAS - The revised timeline given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre raises questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out the gunman before he could kill and wound so many people.

On Monday, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock shot and wounded a Mandalay Bay hotel security guard outside his door and sprayed 200 bullets down the hall six minutes before he opened fire Oct. 1 from his high-rise suite on a crowd at a country music festival below.

Metro's new timeline draws questions

On Thursday, MGM Resorts International released the following statement about the latest timeline: 

"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 p.m. 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 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 toward developing an accurate timeline.

Recording from MGM's radios: "Call the police. Someone's firing a gun up here. A rifle on the 32nd floor down the hallway."

On Thursday, MGM Resorts International couldn't say exactly when a Mandalay Bay maintenance worker said the frightening words over his radio, but the company said it happened within seconds of the tragedy, not six minutes.

MGM Radio: "Security wants to know if you know a room."  "It's at the end of the hallway.  I can't tell you what room.  It looked like he fired down the hallway when I got close to the door." 

The radio traffic provided Thursday by MGM is part of a lingering question about how law enforcement and security responded to the mass shooting on Oct. 1.

The Associated Press quoted a U.S. official and reported that Mandalay Bay did not notify police about gunshots inside the hotel until after the massacre was underway, which created a six-minute delay.

 "Understand, this is a big deal," said Ted Snodgrass, Former Metro Police Lieutenant.

Snodgrass walked a fine line, but he did not blame anyone. 
 However, he did raise concerns about the possible delay.

"It doesn't appear that Metro dispatched anything regarding the security officer," said Snodgrass.  "Why is that a problem?"  "Because it cuts your timeline down." 

Metro Police have planned a news conference for Friday.  There is suppose to be an updated timeline of the shooting.


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