Las Vegas police have revised the public timeline of last week’s Route 91 mass shooting. This topic has been under public scrutiny, and the changes in the event timeline have been met with lots of questions. There has been a new report from staff at the Mandalay Bay who was on shift the night that the shooter killed 58 innocent people and wounded hundreds more. A Las Vegas Mandalay Bay staff member told the Las Vegas Police Department and reporters that he and possibly another staff member alerted the hotel dispatch of a potential active shooter situation up to 6 minutes before Steven Paddock began shooting down into unsuspecting concert-goers and starting what has been called the worst mass shooting in modern history.
Clark County Sherrif Joe Lambardo corrected the timeline originally told to the public last week, stating that Paddock shot an unarmed security guard and showered the floor of the hotel he was on in over 200 bullets 6 whole minutes before he unleashed a torrent of gunfire down into the crowd below his window. The guard, employed by Mandalay Bay was named Jesus Campos. Campos was initially shot in the leg and could be attributed to saving another Mandalay Bay employee’s life during the incident. A maintenance worker named Steven Schuck was sent to inspect a fire door that was reported to be blocked on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino when he first heard the gunshots ripping down the hall. Campos, the security guard, peeked out from an alcove and told him to take cover. “It was kind of relentless so I called over the radio what was going on,” Schuck said. “As soon as the shooting stopped we made our way down the hallway and took cover again and then the shooting started again.” You can actually hear the gunshots in the background of the radio call Schuck makes to the hotel dispatcher, alerting other hotel staff to the emergency and urging them to call the police. Campos also used his radio and possibly a hotel phone to let hotel dispatch know about the serious state of affairs, and also specifying that they need to follow protocol and call the police.
At this time, it is unclear if and when the hotel actually relayed the reports of shots being fired to the police. Las Vegas authorities have yet to respond to inquiries about whether hotel security or anyone else called to alert them about the initial gunfire.
Some authorities have indicated that 6 minutes may not have been enough time for officers to stop the attack. However, those feelings are not shared by everyone involved in the incident. One survivor of the shooting has already filed a lawsuit against Mandalay Bay Casino and other named entities who could be held responsible for the magnitude of the attack. The hired representation for the survivor believes that the people hurt or killed in this tragic, violent action deserved to have those extra 6 minutes to protect them.
Although the details and timeline are still being established for the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, one thing is clear: if the Mandalay Bay failed to call police after initial shots were fired inside their hotel, they could be liable for the mass shooting under Nevada law. If you or someone you love was involved in this mass shooting, you could be entitled to compensation for your trauma, pain, and suffering. There is a strong possibility that the Mandalay Bay could have been negligent in protecting you as a guest on their property, and could have acted more appropriately to prevent Paddock from committing these terrible events. Benson and Bingham, the best personal injury and negligence lawyers in Las Vegas, are ready to fight for the survivors of this mass shooting. Contact Benson and Bingham today to set up a free consultation and make sure your rights are represented.