Jesus Campos, the highly sought after and “missing” Mandalay Bay security guard, broke his silence yesterday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (the show will air today). Given the constantly changing timeline of events shared by authorities, Campos’ recollection of those moments has been highly sought after.

But according to his MGM Resorts International bosses, he hasn’t been missing at all, he was just waiting for the right time to tell his story, “’Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing,’ the resort said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, on behalf of the guard.”1

Campos says that he was dispatched to an opened door on the 32nd floor but upon finding a “metal bracket” asked for an engineer (CNN had previously reported that shooter Stephen Paddock likely installed the bracket).

“He then heard drilling while walking down the hallway, away from Paddock’s hotel room suite. The gunman then opened fire through the door, striking Campos in the leg.

The shot guard said that’s when he reported the gunfire on his hotel radio. He called an unspecified person on his cell phone to report that he had been shot just to keep the radio traffic clear, Campos said.

That’s when he encountered the maintenance worker, Schuck.”2

Schuck says the moment he saw Jesus he heard the shooting and only took cover because Campos told him to. He believes he would have been hit if not for Campos. Schuck also said Campos yelled at a woman who stepped out of her hotel room to get back inside, saving her life as well.3

Campos and Schuck turned down a big payout to sit down with DeGeneres. To show their thanks, the talk show gave tickets to an Indianapolis Colts game to Schuck, season tickets to the Oakland Raiders to Campos, and a $25,000 donation to a multi-million fund for survivors and families of the slain victims.4

At this time there is still no known motive for the shooting.

Sources and References

  1. NY Daily News, October 18, 2017.
  2. NY Daily News, October 18, 2017.
  3. NY Daily News, October 18, 2017.
  4. NY Daily News, October 18, 2017.