The largest and most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history occurred Sunday, October 1, in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man, opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival from the window of his hotel room at the world renown Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. This event was much more than a tragedy, it was an unthinkable act of violence performed by a deranged soul. Fifty-eight people died from the shooting and hundreds were injured. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers sends our deepest condolences to everyone involved in this catastrophe. Managing attorney, Ryan Harris, expressed, “Our hearts go out the victims and their families. There are many heroes; the Las Vegas Police Department, the first responders, both professional and civilian, who in a moment’s notice came to the rescue of innocent victims.”
The timeline of events has recently changed and new reports have just been announced on behalf of the Mandalay Bay security guard, Jesus Campos, who was now stated to be shot in the leg and wounded by Paddock six minutes before the shooting spree. The recent release of information stated, Campos attempted to confront Paddock’s floor prior to the 10:05 p.m. shooting spree and Paddock fired 200 rounds into the hallway, ultimately, injuring Campos in the leg, The Los Angeles Times. That is where a Mandalay Bay maintenance worker found Campos wounded, near the elevator. These new reports raise new questions about why the police couldn’t pinpoint Paddock’s location sooner. Originally, reports and statements from police stated that they credited Campos with stopping the 10-minute assault on the concert crowd by turning the gunman’s attention to the hotel hallway, where Campos was checking an alert for an open door in another guest’s room…
As police are investigating this further, authorities are wondering why the team of security guards at Mandalay Bay didn’t call Police immediately or rush to Campos who was shot in the leg six minutes before the shooting spree. The Los Angeles County Sherriff commander and tactical expert, Charles Heal expressed, “The new timeline of events changes the whole perspective of the shooting and if police had known immediately that a guard had been shot, they would have rushed to the room which would have been in the moments Paddock was firing upon concert goers.”
Now remains many unanswered questions for the Mandalay Bay. How is a hotel guest able to amass that number of weapons in a hotel room undetected? Was the room cleaned during Paddock’s stay? Were there any warning signs or other examples of strange behavior from Paddock in the days leading up to the attack? Was the room given to Paddock complimentary based on his gambling history? What exceptions, if any, were made for Paddock in light of this? Are there security measures in place at the hotel to prevent guests from bringing guns onto the premises? How was Paddock able to wire his hotel room with security cameras, load it with ammunition, harbor an arsenal of weapons, and still go undetected? And lastly, after approximately 200 shots were fired at a Mandalay Bay security guard, striking him in the leg, why were the Las Vegas Police not notified immediately? This all brings in to question: were there proper safety and security procedures in place at the Mandalay Bay at the time of this incident?