ANOTHER Shift in Las Vegas Timeline Caps Days of Confusion...
The Las Vegas police again revised the timeline of the Oct. 1 shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, saying on Friday that Stephen Paddock shot at a security guard on his hotel floor at approximately the same time he began to spray bullets on the crowd below.
The gunman shot the guard, Jesus Campos, at about 10:05 p.m., said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, not at 9:59 p.m., as he had told reporters on Monday.
The announcement came a day after MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, disputed the police department’s timeline, saying in a statement that the 9:59 time had come from a hotel report “manually created after the fact” and was not accurate.
During a short news conference on Friday, the sheriff said he was “absolutely offended,” by allegations of incompetence within the department, and said that the shifting timeline was a result of the vast scope of the investigation, and not an attempt to mislead anyone about the circumstances of the attack.
“This is a very dynamic event,” he said. “A very big event. Thousands of people involved — humans involved — in documentation.”
The announcement caps almost two weeks of confusion about the chronology of the shooting, in which Stephen Paddock, a high-stakes gambler, hauled powerful weapons into the gold-paneled hotel and casino, pointed them out the window of a 32nd-floor suite and shot at thousands of people below.