Stephen Paddock Shot Security Guard Jesus Campos Before Massacre: Sheriff


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Stephen Paddock shot security guard Jesus Campos before he opened fire on a concert festival from a room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday, changing the timeline of events.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos minutes before opening fire on the Route 91 Harvest concert festival last Sunday, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 500 others, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday, changing the timeline of events.

Lombardo and other authorities had previously said Campos was shot after the gunfire began. But Lombardo now says Paddock fired at Campos from inside his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel at 9:59 p.m. Lombardo has said that Paddock unloaded more than 200 rounds into the hallway and Campos was wounded by a ricocheting bullet. The shooting began at 10:06 p.m.

The updated information changes the timeline of what happened. Police had previously said that Campos found the Paddock as he was firing into the crowd, and possibly stopped further carnage by turning his attention away from the concert festival. But Lombardo said investigators now do not know what caused Paddock to stop firing after 11 minutes of shooting.

Campos has been hailed as a hero for his actions, and Lombardo said his actions still helped officers find where the gunfire was coming from. He said Campos helped “pinpoint the location of the suspect.” Lombardo said Campos reported that he had been shot, but the responding officers did not know he was wounded until they met him “in the hallway after exiting the elevator.”

The security guard was on the 32nd floor responding to a door alarm of a different room than the one Paddock was in, Lombardo said. Campos heard drilling near the door of the room where Paddock was.

“As you might imagine, Mr. Campos was not only injured when he was fired upon when he did his room check about the door alarm down the hall from the suspect’s room, but he was also extremely shaken up by what happened to him,” Lombardo said. “He was able to confirm for us exactly what he heard and saw in the moments before he was shot.”