Radio audio details moments after Mandalay Bay security guard was shot on 32nd floor
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Exclusive radio audio, obtained by NBC News, gives new insight on the immediate reaction of a Mandalay Bay custodian just after Stephen Paddock fired 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor.
The recording was made at 9:59 p.m., Oct. 1, of the radio that worker Stephen Schuck used to alert his hotel managers of an active shooter.
“Call the police. Someone’s firing a gun up here. Someone’s firing a rifle on the 32nd floor, down the hallway,” Schuck is heard, using a measured but urgent tone.
The radio report was made just after Schuck arrived on the 32nd floor, from the 33rd floor, to inspect a fire exit door that wouldn’t open.
Schuck appeared on NBC’s Today Show and spoke about the hail of gunfire that injured hotel security guard Jesus Campos.
“I was about a third of the way down the hallway and started to hear shots go off,” said Schuck. “As soon as they stopped, I saw Jesus pop out because the doors in the hallway are set back about a foot.”
Even with the recording of Schuck’s radio transmission, it’s still unclear what Mandalay Bay did next.
Former LVMPD Detective Phil Ramos tells us, that resort policy prevents that wounded security guard from directly calling the police. Instead, an internal chain of command is followed.
“The security officer isn’t able to make that 911 call himself,” said Ramos. “He has to radio it into his supervisors and they process it and then someone in the security office has to call it in to dispatch. All that time starts to add up.”
According to the current timeline of events, provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, police didn’t know of Schuck or Campos until 10:18 p.m., when officers met them on the 32nd floor.
Previously, police have indicated they didn’t know Campos had been shot by Paddock and presumably didn’t know about the 9:59 p.m. shooting until they found Paddock’s 32nd-floor suite at 10:18 p.m.
Police have indicated they will update or clarify the current timeline of events during a news conference scheduled for Friday.