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World News of Friday, 13 October 2017

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Hotel says Las Vegas gunman shot at concertgoers seconds after shooting guard

Las Vegas Shooting About 59 people have been confirmed dead and more than 527 injured

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire at a crowd at a music festival just after shooting a Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard -- not six minutes later, the resort owner said Thursday, disputing a police timeline.

This week, authorities reversed the timeline, saying Paddock shot Jesus Campos at 9:59 p.m. on October 1, injuring him before the gunman opened fire on the crowd at 10:05 p.m. Initially, police said Campos had approached Paddock's room as the shooting was underway, diverting the gunman's attention.

Paddock then shot Campos through the door and quit firing at concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the timeline said.

But MGM Resorts International, which also owns the concert venue, said the time the security guard was reported shot is wrong.

"The 9:59 p.m. PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have. We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate," MGM said.

"We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio," MGM said.

Police were with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio, the statement said. Those officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor, MGM said.

Las Vegas Metro Police Department spokesperson Laura Meltzer said the department would not comment on the MGM statement.

The gunman's motive, the timeline of the shooting and why he stopped shooting are among the wealth of unanswered questions that persist after 11 days of investigation into the Las Vegas music festival massacre.

The lack of answers, especially about the timeline, seems all the more curious when, it would appear, many moments in the shooter's dayslong preparation -- and the actual assault -- were captured by hotel video surveillance or by cameras the gunman himself installed in his suite and hallway.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has asked the public for patience, saying authorities are trying to "draw the most accurate picture" of how the shooting unfolded.

Federal and local agencies continue collecting evidence, delving into the gunman's life and interviewing those close to him.

"There's more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time," the sheriff told CNN affiliate KLAS on Wednesday.

Here's what we still don't know about the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

What happened in the 6 minutes after the hotel security guard was shot?

In the latest police timeline of events, police say Paddock shot security guard Jesus Campos six minutes before the gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

An open door to a room near Paddock's suite had set off an alarm, prompting Campos to respond.

Paddock opened fire at 10:05 p.m. and unleashed bullets on concertgoers for about 10 minutes. The police didn't get to Paddock's 32nd-floor suite until 10:17 p.m. They didn't breach the room until 11:20 p.m., after a SWAT team arrived with explosive charges, Lombardo said.

Lombardo said Campos, upon being shot, notified security, and his action helped pinpoint the suspect's location.