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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 authored over 135 articles on the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas Massacre, more than any other single journalist in the country. He investigates stories on corruption, law enforcement and crime. Doug is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former police officer, deputy sheriff and criminal investigator. Doug spent 20 years in the hotel/casino industry as an investigator and then as Director of Security and Surveillance. He also spent a short time with the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. In 1986 Doug was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. In 1992 and 1993 Doug testified in court that a sheriff’s office official and the county prosecutor withheld exculpatory evidence during the 1988 trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of his wife. Doug’s testimony led to a judge’s decision to order the release of the man from prison in 1992 and awarded him a new trial, in which he was later acquitted. As a result of Doug breaking the police “blue wall of silence,” he was fired by the county sheriff. His story was featured on Inside Edition, Current Affair and CBS News’ “Street Stories with Ed Bradley”. In 1992 after losing his job, at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Doug infiltrated a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont fortune heir and his wife. Doug has been a guest on national television and radio programs speaking on the stories he now writes as an investigative journalist. Contact the author.

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  1. Thrilled to see a real reporter asking real questions about this event. If it’s not a coverup at the highest levels, they’re sure making it look like it is. Please stay on this story.

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