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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Shooting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
New Details on Mandalay Bay Shooting

New details have emerged in the investigation of the Mandalay Bay shooting. It appears that prior to the mass shooting into the crowd, Stephen Paddock shot a Mandalay Bay security guard, Jesus Campos, in the leg through the door of his hotel room.

Campos was checking an alert of an open door in another guest’s room when Paddock must have seen him approach with the camera he installed allowing him to view the hallway area near his room. After he shot Campos, Paddock began the shooting attack from the window of his room on the 32nd Floor onto the crowd of concertgoers. Campos, who survived the shooting, should have been equipped with a radio which would have allowed him to report the shooting to other members of the Mandalay Bay security team and the police could have been notified of the floor and room number from where the shots were being fired.

Mandalay Bay’s security measures should also be compared to other large Las Vegas resorts, such as the Wynn, which has spent tens of millions of dollars in the past few years to expand its security operations out of fear that Las Vegas could be a potential terrorist target.

The Wynn has security covering every entrance, utilizes hidden metal detectors and has profilers watching suspicious people who enter the resort. Stephen Paddock had his do not disturb sign placed on the door to his room at the Mandalay Bay for the entire 3 day period that he was in the room preparing for the shooting.

The Wynn has a policy to investigate any hotel guest that has been in the room with a do not disturb sign for over a 12 hour period, such guests would be considered a “red flag” and would be scrutinized more closely. Perhaps if such measures had been utilized by Mandalay Bay, the shooting could have been prevented or at least stopped sooner.

If you or a loved one were injured in the Mandalay Bay shooting and want a free consultation regarding the potential legal options, please contact Kristensen LLP at 310-984-1297 or email