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MGM Resorts: Gunman shot at crowd seconds after shooting guard


Hilary Swift / The New York Times

Pedestrians take photos of the broken windows on the 32nd floor where a gunman fired on an outdoor concert festival Sunday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Oct. 2, 2017. The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds of others attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival at an outdoor venue near the hotel.

MGM Resorts International today is refuting a timeline provided by authorities of when Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who became the first victim of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, was wounded.

Metro Police have said Campos was shot at 9:59 p.m., six minutes before Stephen Paddock rained down hundreds of rounds on the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert.

“We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as — or within 40 seconds after — the time Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio,” a MGM spokesperson wrote.

“The 9:59 p.m. time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have,” the MGM statement continued. “Although we prefer not to comment on the details of the investigation, we are issuing this statement to correct some of the misinformation that has been reported.”

MGM Resorts said that there were Metro officers with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the property when Campos first reported gunfire over the radio.

“These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor. We will continue to work with law enforcement as we have from the first moments of this tragedy as they work toward developing an accurate timeline,” the statement said.

A Metro spokesman said the agency was not further commenting. The next police media briefing is Friday.