After he strangely disappeared before a public press conference last week, Mandalay Bay resort security guard Jesus Campos has come out of the shadows in a pre-recorded interview with the Ellen DeGeneres’ Show to give his account of the moments before gunman Stephen Paddock unloaded on a crowd of 22,000 from his 32nd story suite.
“There was a metal bracket holding the door in place,” Campos said, describing how he was blocked trying to enter the 32nd floor from a stairwell right next to Paddock’s room. “That was just out of the ordinary. It’s not normal.”
As Campos walked back into the hallway from a room that leads to the stairwell, the door, which he said was heavy, made a loud noise as it closed behind him.
“I believed that’s what caught the shooter’s attention,” Campos said. “As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire. At first I took cover. I felt the burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood.”
Campos told Degeneres that Paddock was firing from behind the closed door of his room, but he wasn’t sure how.
Campos said a woman poked her head out of her room to see what was going on, but he told her to go back inside.
Schuck said he accessed the floor from a service elevator and didn’t notice the shooting until he got closer to Paddock’s room.
“Once I got more than halfway is when I saw Jesus, and I started to hear shooting,” Schuck said. “And I thought – at the time I didn’t know it was shooting – I thought it was a jackhammer and, as an engineer, I thought, ‘we are not working up here late at night. We wouldn’t be doing that.’”
Tomorrow, the first people to encounter the Las Vegas shooter are here – security guard Jesus Campos and building engineer Stephen Schuck. pic.twitter.com/dDmjzN6xBx
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 18, 2017
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