Police shed whole new light onto the investigation on Las Vegas shooting. Officials announced that the gunman shot a hotel security guard six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert.
According to LA Times, Police officers previously said that Stephen Paddock, the gunman responsible for the death of 59 people, has also shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos.
On Monday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that Paddock shot Campos at 9:59 p.m, i.e. before he started the mass shooting, at 10:05 p.m. Officials previously announced that Campos was shot after Paddock had already spent 10 minutes firing into the crowd of concertgoers gathered below the hotel.
Investigators said Paddock had stopped firing at the concert across the street at 10:15 p.m., and the first police officers arrived on the floor at 10:17 p.m. and encountered the wounded Campos at 10:18 p.m., who directed the officers to Paddock’s suite.
But now, the previously released timeline has changed. “Mr. Campos was encountered by the suspect prior to his shooting to the outside world,” Lombardo said at a Monday news conference.
According to Charles “Sid” Heal, a retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander and tactical expert, the new timeline “changes the whole perspective of the shooting.”
Police officers who searched the hotel after the shooting did not know that a hotel security guard had been shot “until they met him in the hallway after exiting the elevator,” Lombardo said.
Heal noted that if police had known immediately that a guard had been shot, they would have rushed the room while the gunman was still firing. He said it seemed to signal a breakdown in communication. “It doesn’t say much for hotel security,” Heal said.
Lombardo said that Paddock had been drilling a hole next to the door of his apartment, but the hole was not finished. The sheriff revealed that the officials had found “some evidence of medications” used by Paddock.
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