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Mandalay Bay didn’t report gunfire immediately

Mandalay Bay Hotel officials didn’t notify police about the shooting in the hallway until after the gunman opened fire on the crowd, according to the Associated Press.

They were informed by a federal official who was briefed by law enforcement but was not authorized to talk about the matter, the AP reported

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revised his timeline and told the media that the gunman fired at Mandalay Bay Security Officer, Jesus Campos at 9:59 p.m. on October 1, a full six minutes before opening fire on the crowd at 10:05 p.m.

Last week Lombardo stated that Campos was shot after the gunman opened fire and that Campos was a hero for interrupting the gunman.

Lombardo said that someone called 911 about the shooting at 10:05 p.m., but he did not elaborate.

The LVMPD radio traffic the night of the massacre showed that the first time anyone called about shots fired was the officer, “179SamEasy,” who reported shots fired at the Route 91 music festival and told the dispatcher that the shots were coming from upstairs in the Mandalay Bay.

The only call from a civilian that the dispatcher broadcasts over the radio that is anywhere close to after the gunman opened fire was, “Okay, I now have a 415A coming in, it’s an open line with a female saying there is a shooting.” And this call was after officers in the concert venue first called in shots fired.

I can’t figure out what the problem is here. This is the digital age. Mandalay Bay has security dispatch records, so does the LVMPD. So why all this back and forth between the LVMPD and MGM Resorts International, the owners of Mandalay Bay disputing timelines.

It’s at the point now that you can’t believe anything.

MGM Resorts is only interested in one thing. Protecting themselves from a civil suit, that’s the bottom line. That was evident by their public relations stunt when they let the maintenance engineer speak to NBC’s “Today” show.

Sheriff Lombardo needs to step away from the camera and let a press information officer handle it. This fiasco is putting the LVMPD in a bad light. I would just stop talking about the investigation until all the facts are known.

Doesn’t the LVMPD have press information officers? Why is Sheriff Lombardo even commenting? I forgot, he is up for re-election next year.

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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.