MGM Resorts International, the company that owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, believes that police officials are releasing inaccurate information about the Las Vegas shooting massacre at the hotel on Oct. 1.
“This remains an ongoing investigation with a lot of moving parts,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong said in the statement sent to HuffPost late Tuesday.
“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], and we believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.”
The company’s statement is in apparent response to police officials’ earlier announcement that the timeline of events for the mass shooting has changed due to new information.
During a Monday news conference, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that Stephen Paddock first shot at a hotel security guard six minutes before opening fire from his 32nd-floor room on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. Lombardo also said that Paddock had checked into the Mandalay Bay on Sept. 25, three days earlier than they first reported.
This new timeline replaces officials’ previous belief that the shooting was underway when security guard Jesus Campos approached Paddock’s door to his corner suite, causing Paddock to cease fire on the festival and shoot at Campos before turning the gun on himself.
An investigator told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that police now believe Campos, who was wounded by Paddock, first alerted hotel security officials of a gunman on the 32nd floor before the massacre began.
Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts…