Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began on Oct. 1, revealing Monday that the gunman shot a hotel security guard six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert — raising new questions about why police weren’t able to pinpoint the gunman’s location sooner.
Officials had previously said that gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos after Paddock had unleashed his deadly volley at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an assault that began at 10:05 p.m. and left 58 people dead, with hundreds more injured.
They had credited Campos, who was shot in the leg, with stopping the 10-minute assault on the concert crowd by turning the gunman’s attention to the hotel hallway, where Campos was checking an alert for an open door in another guest’s room.
Heroes and Zeroes: Vegas, by Karl Denninger. Someone’s angry:
Reuters: “Las Vegas had spent years planning for the worst: training its police force according to an anti-terrorism protocol it adopted in 2009 to respond to mass shootings, chemical attacks, suicide bombings, and planes flying into buildings, according to city officials and security professionals. …”
Reuters even had the gall to run a photo of these guys posing on a balcony somewhere in the city. I don’t recognize the exact vista, but it doesn’t matter. That they would laud these people is outrageous; not one of them did one effective thing to end the attack. …
Those primped-up clowns up-armored, up-armed and then sat in the ****ing stairway for over an hour despite knowing this dickhead was loaded up and actively shooting innocent, unarmed and defenseless civilians from above.
The cops sat on their asses while the gunman shot and killed all the people in the crowd despite having every ability to stop it before it ever happened while knowing exactly where he was.
If you, in the military, sat and cowered behind hard cover while the enemy shot up your unit your ass would sit in front of a court martial for cowardice before the enemy under Article 99, you’d be convicted, you would go to Leavenworth as you’d be charged with those deaths due to your intentional inaction and then you’d get a dishonorable discharge when your sentence was served. …
When these cowards finally blew the door open to the suite the shooter had ceased shooting (presumed dead of a self-inflicted gunshot) for roughly an hour. Their “action” consisted of showing up to mop up his blood and sweep up his cartridges. They saved exactly zero lives and took exactly zero effective actions to end or otherwise limit the assault. They might have actually saved at least one life if they had gone into the crowd and attempted to stabilize those who had been shot rather than prance around in their body armor and play TV-style SWAT. …
The effective actions of the police with regard to stopping the jackass during this incident number an exact zero. They are ALL outrageously arrogant, cowardly *******s in that they posed for photos instead of apologizing and offering to resign for their utter failure to do one single effective thing with all the money, equipment and alleged “training” the people of Las Vegas and the State of Nevada have showered upon them in anticipation of exactly this sort of event. The only thing those ****heads cared about was getting their ******n pension and every penny of it should be forfeit along with their job — right damn now. These rat bastards shouldn’t be able to show their faces in public ever again without seeing the bird.