A heroic security guard was given credit by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo for locating Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and directing officers to the killer's room.
An unarmed Jesus Campos made his way to the shooters location via an elevator as Paddock had the stairwells near his room blocked. Because the hallway was rigged with a surveillance camera, Paddock knew the moment Campos approached the door. He fired several shots and hit Campos in the leg. Wounded, Campos radioed the resort’s dispatch and told them he had found the shooter.
“We received information via their dispatch center...that helped us locate where this individual was sequestered,” Lombardo told the press. “We would not have engaged this individual in the time lapse we did without their assistance.”
It was an hour after the shooting stopped, that SWAT arrived at the room, blew off the doors and broke through the barricade to find that Paddock apparently took his own life.
President Dave Hickey of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America that represents Campos said: “I think we need to recognize the position that these officers hold. Security professionals in those kind of venues — whether it’s a bank or a hotel or Disney World — I’m telling you that I don’t think that our officers are recognized enough for the valuable role that they play in protecting property, people and even the nation.”
Two hundred guards are at the casino during each shift, however, only 17 of them are armed. It is reported that Campos carried only a nightstick, which even The Daily Beast noted is “useless against a man who had a military-grade arsenal at his disposal.” But that didn’t stop the leftist outlet from driving the narrative that Campos was a “good guy without a gun.”
Perhaps if he were armed, though, Campos could’ve ended the slaughter much sooner.
Campos still has the bullet lodged in his right leg and is scheduled for surgery to remove it at a later time.