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Worker Warned Mandalay Dispatch of Shooter Before He Started, ABC Says

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Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his mass shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 6, 2017. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 12:16 PM

A maintenance worker warned dispatch at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino of gunshots fired down the hallway on the 32nd floor, at least six minutes before Stephen Paddock started firing down on a concert crowd outside and police were notified, ABC News reported, citing sources.

The accounts raises even more questions about the timeline of the Las Vegas mass shooting and whether it could have been prevented. A week later, authorities don't seem to know what actually happened, let alone why.

The initial report from maintenance man Steve Schuck was not relayed to the Las Vegas police until after the Paddock started firing on 22,000 people attending the concert, ABC News said, citing a source

"Call the police," Schuck told hotel security in newly released audio recordings made public by the hotel's MGM Resorts, per ABC News. "Someone's fired a gun up here. Someone's fired a rifle on the 32nd floor down the hallway."

Roughly six minutes later Paddock started shooting at the festival, with still no public police radio traffic acknowledging hotel security had informed 911 about the maintenance man's shooting report, ABC News said.

ABC News said officers arrived on the floor 18 minutes after security guard Jesus Campos was shot in the thigh, which Schuck apparently heard, and they seemed not to have known that he was there and had been wounded.

Police changed the timeline on Campos interaction with Paddock Monday after initially saying that the security guard came upon Paddock while he was firing on the crowd and not before, Newsweek reported, leaving the 6-minute gap between the shooting and when the hotel notified police.

Newsweek said MGM Resorts issued a statement on Tuesday, disputing the timeline.

"This remains an ongoing investigation with a lot of moving parts," MGM Resorts representative Debra DeShong said in a statement, per Newsweek. "As evidenced by law enforcement briefings over the past week, many facts are still unverified and continue to change as events are under review. We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publicly."

Clark County Asst. Sheriff Tom Roberts told reporters on Monday that police were still studying the timeline, but he didn’t not think the lag time was long under the circumstances, ABC News said.

"I don't think the delay, or the time lapse is that long – in my opinion," Roberts told reporters. "I think the security guard saved a lot of lives – and he interrupted this guy and sped up his plan, in my opinion."

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A maintenance worker warned dispatch at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino of gunshots fired down the hallway on the 32nd floor, at least six minutes before Stephen Paddock started firing down on a concert crowd outside and police were notified, ABC News reported, citing sources.
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