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“I could feel them (bullets) pass right behind my head,” engineer Stephen Schuck told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday. “Something hit me in the back.”
Schuck was on a higher level of the Las Vegas hotel on Oct. 1 when he got a call to look at a fire exit door that wouldn’t open on the 32nd floor.
Schuck was just entering the hallway when the first round of bullets went off at about 9:59 p.m.
“As soon as they stopped, I saw Jesus pop out….he yelled at me to take cover,” Schuck said. “As soon as I started to go to a door to my left, the rounds started coming down the hallway.”
Schuck said he radioed for help once the shooting did stop, ran down the hallway and took cover with Campos.
Audio obtained by NBC News also indicated Schuck alerted his superiors that Paddock was firing some 200 rounds within the hotel hallway.
They are pushing this 200 bullets nonsense pretty hard
A hotel maintenance worker says he barely escaped unscathed when Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire down a hallway — and credited a hotel security guard with saving his life.
"When the first shooting started, I was kind of frozen for a second," worker Stephen Schuck said Wednesday on "TODAY." "He yelled at me, 'Take cover! Take cover!' If he yelled a second too late, I would have been shot."
Schuck said he came upon security guard Jesus Campos, who was unarmed and injured in his leg, as Paddock fired more than 200 bullets into the hall and nearby rooms at the beginning of his deadly rampage on Oct. 1. "I am incredibly blessed that somehow I came out of there alive," Schuck added.
Schuck said the gunfire in the hallway was relentless and he "could feel them [the rounds] pass right behind my head." He said he took cover until the shooting stopped and he could reach Campos, then he radioed for help.
Lombardo said the shooting finally stopped 10 minutes later, at 10:15 p.m.
A police SWAT team got to the 32nd floor at 10:17 p.m., and a minute later learned that the security guard was hit and where the shots were fired from.
originally posted by: CynConcepts
I am curious how did this maintenance worker access the hallway? Usually, maintenance personnel use the stairs so they don't mix with the guests on the elevators. But, if I remember right the stairs had a screw bar across it...hmmm.
Looking at the above excerpt, we can see that as far as can be discerned, there was nothing to really stop the shooter from continuing his spree and for reasons unknown he stops, mid-massacre, and offs himself before police are on scene. From there, an hour passes before the door is breached.
originally posted by: szino9
They are pushing this 200 bullets nonsense pretty hard. Maintenance guy comes forward just in time to give credit for the changed timeline of Campos... How convenient really...
Figure of speech, obviously nobody knew how many rounds went thru the door. They probably still don't.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Butterfinger
The shifting timeline issue:
I heard on the radio today something that made perfect sense to me, and I'll try to paraphrase intelligently, if possible, for you. The working theory by Judge Andrew Napolitano is that it all boils down to liability.
Here the theory out.
So, IF the shooting happened six or so minutes prior to Paddock opening fire on the crowd, and the security (and maintenance guy, apparently) did not appropriately call in the threat due to the possibility of them not having appropriate equipment (or some similar issue) to do so, the hotel could be held legally liable because the police could have arrived sooner and possibly stopped or limited the carnage sooner.
Working under that approach, it would make sense that the hotel(s) are denouncing the updated timeline and want to go with the story that had their employees encountering Paddock's room AFTER the shooting started. This would mollify any liability concerning the reaction time of their security officer concerning getting law enforcement on the scene in a timely manner.
Just a working theory, but seems to be a decent possibility. If it's true, I will NEVER patronize Mandalay Bay or MGM properties, at least knowingly.