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BREAKING: Vegas Security Guard Breaks Silence
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Jesus Campos, the hotel security guard shot in the thigh by Stephen Paddock before Paddock opened fire on thousands of Las Vegas concert-goers, finally broke his silence on the events that took place in the 32nd floor Mandalay Bay hallway.
After skipping out of a Las Vegas press conference at the last minute, and being a no-show for a scheduled appearance on Fox News Channel’s Hannity, Campos finally reappeared to tell his story on Ellen, a daytime fluff-infused program hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.
The segment was taped Tuesday and aired on Wednesday.
Campos told DeGeneres that when he was called to investigate an open door alarm on the hotel’s 32nd floor, the stairwell access next to the gunman’s room was blocked by a bolted emergency exit door.
So he approached the floor from a different stairwell.
“There was a metal bracket holding the door in place,” Campos explained. He described it as “just out of the ordinary. It’s not normal.”
Catching the shooter’s attention
Campos said that after inspecting the blocked doorway, he alerted maintenance to the situation. The door he used to access the area closed behind him with a loud crash.
I believed that’s what caught the shooter’s attention. As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire. 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 had been fired.
That’s when building engineer Stephen Schuck arrived on the scene.
“Shortly after that is when Stephen was approaching, and I told him to stay back and get cover, and that’s when more rounds were dispersed,” Campos told DeGeneres.
As a female guest began opening her door to investigate the noise, the security guard said, ‘I told her to go back inside, it wasn’t safe.”
Here’s the full interview:
Ellen sat down with Mandalay Bay security officer Jesus Campos and building engineer Stephen Schuck, who were the first people to encounter the assailant on the night of the mass shooting. To help those affected by the tragedy, visit Ellen’s GoFundMe Page: www.gofundme.com/theellendegeneresshow.
Off the public radar
After not showing at a police press conference at the last minute, Campos was scheduled to be interviewed live by Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday, Oct. 12. He ducked out of that at the last minute as well, along with other interviews with major networks.
He then seemed to drop completely from public sight. “His home was plastered with “NO TRESPASSING” and “NO MEDIA ON PROPERTY” signs” and he refused “repeated requests to tell his story,” reported The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Campos’ appearance on Ellen is his first, and possibly his only planned media appearance, as suggested by DeGeneres during the interview. David Hickey, president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America was instrumental in booking Campos on Ellen, according to Fox News.
“We’re more than pleased that he’s resurfaced and appears to be in good health,” Hickey said. “If he comes back as a security officer at Mandalay Bay, we’ll see him again. If not, we wish him the best.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal had a different take on the venue choice, writing, “If this really was Campos’ only media appearance, he couldn’t have chosen a more welcoming atmosphere — or had one chosen for him.”
While DeGeneres asked Campos about his own personal experience during the events of Oct. 1, neither of them gave details of the timing of when Campos was shot and when the shooting began. The timeline has changed repeatedly over the weeks since the shooting, and it was hoped that his eye-witness report could clarify the confusion.
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