1 October: New story of timetable emerges from first responders
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The exact time Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 concert festival may never be known, but a review of 911 calls and police radio traffic, creates a clearer picture of how quickly the event unfolded.
The earliest mention of trouble on LVMPD's main dispatch channel is heard at approximately 10:06 p.m., and 35 seconds.
“We got shots fired, 415A, at the Route to 91, sounded like an automatic firearm,” says an officer on special assignment to provide event security.
The officer’s use of the term 415A is the radio code for assault and battery with a gun.
The urgent radio alert is heard about 31 seconds before the first 911 call, however the call disconnects, according to records obtained from LVMPD's communication center.
The 911 call is one of many that are made from Giles and Mandalay Bay Road, a small intersection immediately southeast of the concert stage.
The first 911 call that’s completed, is made by a woman near Gate 1 at Las Vegas Blvd., and Mandalay Bay Rd., at 10:07 p.m., and 42 seconds.
“It’s an open line from a female saying there’s a shooting,” says a police dispatcher, on Metro’s radio channel.
A recording of the police communication was reviewed for News 3 by retired LVMPD Detective Phil Ramos.
“Anybody with firearms training is going to know that’s automatic weapon fire right away,” says Ramos.
Many concertgoers believed noise from the first shots was actually the sound of fireworks.
Jason Aldean abruptly stopped singing the last-scheduled song in his set, as people fell victim to the shooter's bullets.
The current police timeline has the shooting starting at 10:05 p.m., which is a close match to police radio call at 10:06 p.m.
Two minutes before the shooting ends, at 10:12 p.m., and 35 seconds, an LVMPD officer is already closing in on the 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay.
“I’m inside Mandalay Bay, on the 31st floor. I hear the automatic fire coming from one floor ahead,” the unidentified officer says.
The story that’s emerging is about the event security officers who had been working the event and were well aware of the venue and its surroundings.
“It’s coming from Mandalay Bay! Halfway up, I see the shots coming from Mandalay Bay,” says the first officer reporting trouble, at approximately 10:06 p.m., and 35 seconds.
That first alert came within seconds of the first shots and correctly identified the shooter taking aim from a window at Mandalay Bay.
“What it tells you is that these guys went right to Mandalay Bay,” says Ramos.
When applying for a permit, Route 91 organizers were required to staff the event with Metro police officers, and reimburse the county for the associated cost.
The permit does not indicate how many LVMPD officers were deployed special event patrol on Oct. 1.