Unarmed Security Guard Tried to Stop Vegas Gunman

'I was just doing my job,' says Jesus Campos
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 2:29 AM CDT
Unarmed Security Guard Helped Stop Vegas Massacre
Jesus Campos was on patrol at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when the massacre began.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

One of the most amazing stories of heroism to emerge from the Las Vegas mass shooting is that of Jesus Campos, an unarmed security guard who was the first to locate gunman Stephen Paddock. Union chief Dave Hickey says Campos arrived at the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel by elevator because Paddock had apparently barricaded the stairwell doors, the Daily Beast reports. He was shot in the leg after trying to open the door of Paddock's hotel room, which had also been barricaded. The injured guard, who was carrying only a baton, radioed dispatch and told them where the shooter was.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says that after Campos approached, Paddock stopped shooting at the crowd below and fired more than 200 rounds into the hotel hallway, the Telegraph reports. The guard's "bravery was amazing," Lombardo says. "He gave our officers the key guard for the room and then continued clearing rooms until he was ordered to go seek attention." Campos is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the bullet in his leg. "I'm fine," he tells ABC. "I was just doing my job." A GoFundMe campaign a co-worker started for Campos has raised almost $6,000. President Trump praised Campos during his visit to Las Vegas Wednesday, saying: "He did a good job, didn't he?" (More Stephen Paddock stories.)

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