Six Minutes in Vegas: Did Police Respond Quickly Enough?

A revised chronology from investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what turned out to be the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, the Associated Press reports. One lawsuit alleging a failure to protect the crowd has already has been filed.

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what turned out to be the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, the Associated Press reports. Two hotel employees called for help and reported that gunman Stephen Paddock sprayed a hallway with bullets, striking an unarmed security guard in the leg, several minutes before Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a musical performance, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 others. At 10:05 p.m. Paddock began his 10-minute deadly barrage into the crowd, firing off more than 1,000 rounds. Police didn’t arrive on the 32nd floor until 10:17 p.m., which is two minutes after he had stopped firing.

Questions remain about what happened in the six minutes between the time  Paddock fired 200 rounds through the door of his 32nd-floor suite into the hallway and when he unleashed a deadly hail of gunfire into the crowd at a the Route 91 Harvest festival. Among them: Were police notified immediately about the hallway shooting and did officers respond quickly enough to have a chance to take out the gunman before could carry out the bloodshed? Lawyers representing a woman shot at the festival have filed a lawsuit based on what they say is a failure to protect people attending the concert. The AP takes a close look at what we know and still don’t know about the six minutes in question.

from https://thecrimereport.org