MGM Claims Police Timeline of Campos Shooting “Not Accurate”

MGM Claims Police Timeline of Campos Shooting “Not Accurate”
A hat rests on flowers in a makeshift memorial during a vigil marking the one-week anniversary of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

The owner of the hotel from which a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Thursday called the official police timeline “not accurate” and claimed Steven Paddock may have. began his rampage directly after shooting hotel security guard Jesus Campos

VERO BEACH, FL (TruNews) In a statement about this new timeline, MGM Resorts International claims Paddock opened fire on Campos and the crowd attending a concert nearby at the same time or within 40 seconds of each other.

That account differs from the current official timeline revised Monday by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, which states Campos had been shot six minutes before Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

MGM challenged the validity of this revision on Tuesday, but did not provide details at to why they believed Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s statements were inaccurate.

LVMPD spokesman Larry Hadfield said the police would have no immediate comment on the hotel’s Thursday statement.

Another official from LVMPD Public Affairs Office told TruNews that Sheriff Lombardo would address MGM’s claims directly during Friday’s scheduled press conference. 

On Wednesday Sheriff Lombardo defended the speed of the police response in an interview with the Las Vegas CBS television affiliate.

“No matter what that timeline was, the response was as quick as possible. I don’t think the response could have been any faster,” Sheriff Lombardo said in a video posted on the station’s LasVegasNow.com website.

The revised timeline police provided on Monday had raised new questions, including why Paddock ceased firing on concertgoers once he began, and whether hotel security and police coordinated as well as first believed.

MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, said the 9:59 p.m. time when police said Campos was shot was derived from a hotel report created manually after the fact without the benefit of information the hotel now has.

“We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate,” MGM said. “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.”

Las Vegas police officers were with armed hotel security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio, MGM said. Both groups 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,” MGM said.

Following the statement, journalist Laura Loomer questioned MGM’s claim that they maintain an in-house armed security force.

“I thought they said MGM security guards aren't armed? Now they are saying  they have armed Mandalay security? My sources say otherwise,” journalist Laura Loomer tweeted in response to the report.

During an interview with the LA Times on Tuesday, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts claimed Mandalay Bay dispatched an in-house armed security force to the 32nd floor following radio reports Paddock had shot Campos.

Roberts said the armed security force arrived on the 32nd floor “right around the same time” as Las Vegas police, who official have stated arrived at 10:17 PM.

Full statement from MGM Resorts International:

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.

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