Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before firing at concert-goers

Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before firing at concert-goers

Speaking to the media on Monday, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos was shot by gunman Stephen Paddock a full six minutes before Paddock fired on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Fest.

The revised timeline has renewed questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out gunman Stephen Paddock before he committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

Las Vegas police said they found a handwritten note in Stephen Paddock's hotel room detailing bullet trajectory calculations for a mass shooting that killed 58 people.

Paddock sprayed an outdoor concert with bursts of gunfire from high above in a Las Vegas hotel window on October 1, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, before shooting himself.

Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, one of the first people to enter the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino hotel room on October 1, spotted the note.

The bloodshed might have lasted longer, with greater loss of life, but for a hotel security officer who was sent to check an open-door alarm on the 32nd floor, and discovered the gunman's whereabouts after the shooting started, Mr McMahill said. MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Fox News on Tuesday.

"We can not be certain about the most recent timeline", said Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts International. "We can not be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publicly, and we believe what is now being expressed may not be accurate".

"Our officers got there as fast as they possibly could and they did what they were trained to do", Las Vegas assistant sheriff Todd Fasulo said earlier.

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Lombardo previously said Campos was injured after the attack started, and, according to a police timeline, the first officers arrived on Paddock's floor at 10:17 p.m.

It was unclear if the hotel relayed the information to Las Vegas police, who did not respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether hotel security or anyone else in the hotel called 911 to report the gunfire.

Mr McMahill acknowledged that the so-called Islamic State militant group had repeatedly said it was behind the attack, but said investigators had uncovered "no nexus" between that Mideast-based militant group and Paddock.

"There absolutely was an opportunity in that timeframe that some of this could have been mitigated", he said.

Campos immediately alerted the hotel's in-house security team after he was shot at 9:59 p.m., Lombardo said. "So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there", Newton told CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview scheduled to air Sunday. "It's traumatic for the victims and their families not to be sure of what happened".

In a new disclosure, authorities said two bullets Paddock fired struck a large jet fuel storage tank at the edge of the city's main airport, about a block from the concert grounds, indicating an apparent attempt by the gunman to create even greater havoc.

"We're very confident ... there was not another shooter in that room", he said.

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