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Stephan Pollock was making money gun running and was under surveillance by the police or the Feds. He had 23 different automatic rifles in his room as samples for buyers. As a known high roller, he mixed with other big spenders at the Mandalay Bay and some are wealthy criminals. Perhaps Pollock was part of an undercover operation. He may have volunteered, or was forced to volunteer to avoid jail time for a minor crime. Law enforcement knew he had all those guns and ammo there, and may have provided them. They even provided him with a key to use the service elevator to avoid attention and installed security cameras in Pollock's room and a one outside his door.
On Oct 1st, Pollock had customers in his room inspecting guns. They were violent criminals from Mexico who Pollock promised a few dozen assault rifles and light machine guns. A couple cops were in the next room watching and listening. All is good until housekeeping reports that the stairwell door on Pollock's floor near his room was jammed. Pollock or the cops may have done this to limit access since no one takes the stairs to the 32nd floor. Security is called and an unarmed guard Jesus Campos investigates, who then calls down for a maintenance man to come repair it.
While waiting, Campos notices an odd security camera in the hallway. Hotel guests would ignore it as cameras are common, but Campos works there and has never seen that type. Senior hotel security know of the police sting, but would not inform all their low-level security guards. The camera is pointing toward Pollock's room, who Campos knows well as a high-roller and frequent guest. As a courtesy, he knocks on the door to ask Pollock if it was his camera.
There is knocking at the door with some guy shouting "Security". The criminals think its a trap, so they load the weapons, shoot through the door, and hit a fleeing Campos. Then they open the door and spray bullets down the hallway thinking cops are all around. They see none and are unsure what to do for five minutes, except to kill Pollock. Maybe cops are waiting in the stairwell and elevators to ambush them. If not, armed security and the SWAT team are coming, so they need a diversion. They break open two windows and look for targets. They open fire on the airport fuel farm and the crowd far away to create 911 chaos, then flee the hotel with some weapons, including the light machine gun whose unique firing sound was recorded by several witnesses. The hotel security chief does not call 9-11 because he knows about the police sting.
This is an embarrassing disaster for MGM and law enforcement, so they quickly agree to blame it all on "crazy" Pollock. They delete all the hotel security camera footage, take the hard drive out of Pollock's laptop in the evidence room, and order Campos to keep his mouth shut. Case closed
originally posted by: botay
a reply to: Grambler
If I'm dealing arms out of a hotel room in a crowded area, why do I have thousand's of rounds of ammo in the room? I don't, I leave the ammo in the car for a trip to the desert for a demonstration of the weapons the buyer is interested in. even if I were selling ammo, a small representative lot would suffice.
originally posted by: angeldoll
My theory is it was a game to him. A gamble, maybe even with a bet on it.
To see if he could do it, that is all. Betting against himself. How many people could he hit in what amount of time?
Even the numbers found in the room, and the "figuring out" he did to improve his chances of hitting the most.
He didn't take into consideration the lives of those he took, who they were, mothers, kids, fathers.
That was no concern of his. All he cared about was amusing and challenging himself, even though it was like shooting fish in a barrel.
Unless they find a motive, I'll believe this might very well be the case. For him another gamble in vegas, with his life has the stakes.
My experience with the human condition just says it takes more emotion, than that, to kill all those people without any regard as to who he might kill.