Vegas Security Guard Breaks Silence [VIDEO]
Jesus Campos approached the room on the 32nd floor the night of October first.
Moments later, Stephen Paddock open fired on the Harvest Music Festival.
It was the worst mass shooting our country has ever faced. Police are still piecing together the puzzle. No one has definitively decided what drove Paddock to commit this crime. However, for many victims the ‘why’ is a minor detail. They’re still recovering from the ‘how’ of it all.
As CNN reports:
Campos met with Ellen DeGeneres to recount his ordeal.
More than two weeks after the attack, Campos said his health is improving.
“I’m doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically,” he told DeGeneres.
Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls when he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor. He used the stairwells to get there, but couldn’t get past a barricaded door and had to use the elevator.
“There was metal bracket holding the door in place,” he said.
He said he called security dispatch to report the blocked door and that’s 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.”
Paddock shot through the door, striking Campos in the upper right thigh.
“And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call.”
Campos hid in a doorway while an engineer was called in to check on the door and another woman in the hallway.
Originally, police concluded that Campos was shot after Paddock started firing into the crowd. However, later authorities believed Campos was shot a full six minutes before the crowd was fired upon. This change in the timeline raised many questions regarding the logistics of that day.
For example, why didn’t police arrive to the room sooner? Was 9-1-1 called the moment Campos reported “shots fired?” However, these questions were seemingly put to rest. Now, Sheriff Joe Lombardo says new information offers plausible explanations into the timeline discrepancies.
On Friday, Lombardo said Campos arrived near Paddock’s suite at 9:59 p.m., but was not shot then. Police Sgt. Joshua Bitsko told CNN that Paddock had screwed shut the stairwell door to the hallway near his room. The security guard went to an upper floor and came back down to the 32nd floor by another door, he sheriff said.
Paddock shot Campos through the door about 10:05 p.m. and began firing on the crowd around then, Lombardo said.
Lombardo’s latest timeline essentially agrees with one put forth Thursday by MGM Resorts International, owner of Mandalay Bay, which disputed the times earlier provided by police. MGM said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.
Why the confusion about what happened at 9:59 p.m.?
Lombardo said the time came from “human entry” in a security log.
“I still stand by the time of 9:59,” Lombardo said Friday. “It wasn’t inaccurate when I provided it to you. The circumstances associated with it is inaccurate.”
This investigation is certainly going to take months, if not longer. Paddock hid so much about himself, it’s difficult to understand his motives. So far, all we know is that he was wealthy. Furthermore, his background was clean. And he loved to gamble. In fact, he’d wager a million dollars at a time while wearing ratty sweatpants and old T’shirts. He even carried his own drink to the high-roller table so he could avoid tipping a waitress. Obviously he was a bird of a different kind of feather. But none of that explains why he would stockpile weapons and aim for mass destruction.
Eventually the truth of this tale will works it’s way out. But for now, all we can do is pray for the 45 individuals who are still in the hospital in critical condition. We can mourn the 58 who died, and offer our support to the thousands who were affected by this senseless tragedy.