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Does Las Vegas Police radio traffic conflict with MGM statement?

MGM Resorts International released the following statement Thursday:

We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio. Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio. These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor.

I reviewed the Las Vegas Police Department Convention Center Area Command channel for the night of the shooting, to ascertain the timeframe from the first time the dispatcher [Control] was told of shots fired to consecutive transmissions thereafter.

About  four-and-half minutes before the first call comes in for shots fired, its normal calls over radio. No indication of anything wrong at the concert venue or any other location relating to an active shooter.

The first-time police dispatch is aware of shots fired is when 179SamEasy who is in the concert venue calls in, “179SamEasy, we got shots fired at the Route 91 sounded like automatic firearm.” Immediately dispatch calls Code-Red, they hold the channel for the emergency.

Thirty-six seconds in after first call- “179SamEasy, it’s coming from upstairs in the Mandalay Bay, upstairs Mandalay Bay halfway up I see the shots coming from Mandalay Bay, halfway up.”

At 2:10 – Control says she on an open line with a female saying there is a shooting.

At 2:26 – “That’s correct shots fired from Mandalay Bay.”

At 3:00 – “We’re hearing it from Mandalay Bay.”

At 3:24 – “790 arrived I’m going to form a strike team, Mandalay Bay and the Boulevard.”

At 3:55 – “159SE, we have a rifle deployed, we are in front of Mandalay Bay, we are trying to see where the shots are coming from.”

At 4:35 – “It’s coming from Mandalay Bay, it’s getting a little faint.” [gunfire heard in the background].

At 6:14 – “Control 3Mary14, I’m inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor, I can hear the automatic fire coming from one floor ahead, one floor above us.”

At 8:32 – “Control 765, just be advised we’re pinned down on the eastside of Las Vegas Boulevard…. we’re taking gunfire, it’s going right over our heads.” [gunfire heard in the background].

At 10:03 – “Control see if we can contact Mandalay Bay, see if they can shut down their elevators so he can’t get mobile, and we can take the stairs.”

At 11:20 – “We are going to make entry into the [unintelligible] to make contact with the subject, see if we can get up to him. We’re doing that right now, 32nd floor.

At 12:41 – “751 it’s been a while since we heard any shots, does anybody have eyes on the shooter.” “We have the Mandalay Bay locked down.”

At 15:57 – “Control 3Mary14, I am in the stairwell on the 32nd floor. (This was the unit who was on the 31st floor at 6:14 in.)   “Control 169SE I need the radio please, I’m on the 32nd floor the room is going to be 135.” This is the first time any officer pinpoints the room as being room 135, almost 16 minutes after the first shots were fired.

At 17:00  “Control it’s room 135 on the 32nd floor.” “Just confirming that it is the Mandalay Bay.” “Just confirming it is the Mandalay Bay, the 32nd floor, room 135.” “That is affirm.” “We have a four-man element at the very end of the hall.”

If Campos called in shots fired and police officers were with Mandalay Bay security officers as he called that in, then why didn’t the police dispatcher know where the shots were originating from way before 16 or 17 minutes, or did she? Also did Campos call in that he was shot? Listen to the next two calls.

At 18:04  – “Control we just spoke to Security at Mandalay Bay. They’re saying they have shots fired on 29 and 32nd levels.”

At 18:36- from the first call of shots fired- “Control 182SE, we have a security officer also shot in the leg on the 32nd floor. He’s standing by the elevator. He shot down the hallway and hit a security guard. It’s room 135 on the 32nd floor.”

Open call to the LVMPD. Release the dispatch recordings so the media can review them as those recordings are timestamped and any other documents supporting the timelines. MGM Resorts International. Release all documents corroborating your statement, including the falsified security report.


About the author

Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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