Hero security guard from Las Vegas shooting breaks silence

Jesus Campos, first security guard at scene of the Las Vegas massacre, reveals new details on deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Guy Cohen,

Scene of Las Vegas shooting
Scene of Las Vegas shooting
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Jesus Campos, the security guard who first responded to the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay resort during the deadly shooting which saw the murder of 58 on October 1, gave his first interview since the incident.

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Campos said that he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor when he heard “drilling sounds.”

"As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire." Campos said. "And at first I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That's when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired."

The shooter, Stephen Paddock, shot through the door, wounding Campos in the thigh.

"And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got off my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call,” he explained.

While hiding in a doorway, Campos alerted a hotel building engineer who was called to check on the door and a woman who came out of another room.

A short while after the murders, authorities had claimed that Campos had acted heroically, distracting the shooter and causing him to stop shooting on the crowd at the country western music concert below. However, last week authorities claimed that Campos had been shot six minutes before the shooting on the crowd began. Later, the MGM hotel chain, which owns Mandalay Bay, asserted that not more than 40 seconds had elapsed between the shooting of Campus and the start of the shots fired on the crowd.

Campus was supposed to have been interviewed on several TV stations last week but cancelled the interviews at the last minute, and for several days was reported to have "disappeared."




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