In Hotel, Paddock Called Security About Noisy Neighbor

He complained about music in room below him, twice
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 8:11 AM CDT
In Hotel, Paddock Complained About Noisy Neighbor
An undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.   (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)

In a story about Stephen Paddock's life as a Vegas gambler, the New York Times includes an interesting nugget: The night before his shooting spree, Paddock called security to complain about loud music in the room below him. Twice. Albert Garzon of San Diego recalls that security guards knocked on his door in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino about 1:30am Sunday and asked him to turn down his music. Garzon was confused because the rooms on either side of him on the 31st floor were pretty far away, until the security guards said, "It's the guest above you."

Garzon dutifully turned down the music, only to have the security guards return 30 minutes later with the same complaint. This time, he turned off the music completely. Garzon didn't realize that it was the shooter who had been complaining about him until hours after the massacre Sunday night. “I looked up and I could see his curtain flapping in the wind,” he says. (Paddock had broken windows in order to shoot.) Also of note: Paddock's room had been comped; he was staying there for free as a reward for his heavy gambling. It otherwise would have cost him $590 a night, notes the AP. (More Stephen Paddock stories.)

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