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Public relations nightmare for the Las Vegas Police Department and Mandalay Bay

Las Vegas Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo changed the timeline Monday of the shooting by stating that the Mandalay Bay security officer had now been shot at 9:59pm, six minutes before the gunman opened fire on the Route 91 music festival on Sunday October 1.

That contradicted Lombardo’s statements made to the press last week. Lombardo also stated that the gunman did not check into the Mandalay Bay on September 28 as he stated last week, but rather the 25th.

Tuesday evening the Associated Press reported that MGM Resorts International, the owners of the Mandalay Bay, were questioning the latest timeline of events provided by the police.

MGM spokeswoman, Debra DeShong told the AP that “what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.”   She did not elaborate.

MGM Resorts International should immediately release to the media the Mandalay Bay security dispatch records that would indicate the time the security officer called in that he was shot and the time they notified 911.

If indeed they notified the LVMPD the police should immediately release the recording of the police communications dispatcher who took the call if that indeed did happen.

That would end all this mystery of why the police did not know that there was an active shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay six minutes before the gunman opened fire. Being that the gunman fired for about 10 minutes into a crowd of helpless people, six minutes could have made all the difference in the world.

The worst mass shooting in modern American history and this investigation is becoming a public disgrace.





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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.

One Comment

  1. MTOakey says:

    ALL audio recordings prove 2 or more shooters by rapport and echo, 2 different caliber also. A certain cell phone captured a shooter on the ground in the crowd….


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