The management company that runs the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino corrected the police timeline for a second time on Thursday, saying that roughly 40 seconds elapsed between the time a security guard radioed for help and the beginning of Stephen Paddock’s deadly rampage.
According to the Los Angeles Times, MGM Resorts International managers released a statement saying they were “now confident” that the official police timeline was off by approximately six minutes; adding that security guard Jesus Campos reported “shots fired” on the 32nd floor just seconds before the massacre.
“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,” said the management team.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo had previously stated there was a six-minute gap between Campos’ injury and the mass shooting, and initially reported that the guard was shot during Paddock’s assault.
The company’s statement confirms that the security agent was injured before Paddock opened fire on a country music festival; raising serious questions over why it took police more than ten minutes to reach the gunman’s suite.
The new timeline is a stark contrast to previous police statements that claimed the officers took approximately 12 minutes to reach the 32nd floor because they were conducting floor to floor searches, unable to locate Paddock’s position.