Jesus Campos is the Mandalay Bay security guy who was wounded by Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock on October 1st –just minutes before he killed 58 and left nearly 500 concertgoers wounded.
Campos has been hailed a hero as he was pivotal in alerting authorities that eventually stopped shooter Stephen Paddock. More than two weeks later after what became, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history –Campos appeared in an exclusive interview with Ellen DeGeneres that will air on Wednesday.
For the last couple of weeks Campos –has been recuperating “physically and mentally” from the tragic day. Campos told during the interview:
“As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire.” “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.”
At that point, Campos realized he had been shot in the upper right thigh. He continued:
“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.”
He had been sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor. He said he realized the door trying to enter the 32 floor was being held with ‘metal bracket’ so he called in to report the blocked door. At that point he herd drilling sounds. Paddock had shot him through the door.
Authorities said Campos was shot six minutes before the shooting on the crowd started.
MGM owners recently said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.
The change in the timeline of events has raised questions about why police didn’t make it to Paddock’s room sooner to break down the door.
There was also speculation on why, Campos had been avoiding media appearances. MGM said in a statement:
“Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing. He’s asked that everyone respect his request for privacy. We could not be more proud of Jesus.”
Campos is represented by the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America. He was honored by SPFPA on October 10th.