Jesus Campos, the unarmed guard at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay hotel, who first spotted the hotel room where the Las Vegas shooter was staying has disappeared.
As soon as news of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month had started to reach the media, with it, a hero had emerged. Jesus Campos was hailed as such for having diverted the attention of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock and leading the police to his room. It was thus expected that the guard would have broken his media silence after the storm would have passed, but on the eve of the interviews, he has disappeared, according to David Hickey, president of the International Union of Police, reported by The Independent.
“Right now I’m just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It’s highly unusual. I’m hoping everything is OK with him and I’m sure MGM or the union will let (media) know when we hear something,” Hickey said, adding that the union will inform the media as soon as the guard returns.
Mr.Hickey had previously announced that Jesus Campos had managed to divert the shooter’s attention by trying to open the door and enter the room. However, Stephen Paddock shot through the door and injured the security guard.
Jesus Campos, injured in his right leg, then radioed his location and the number of the room where Paddock was to the security team of the casino. This information, transmitted to the police, allowed law enforcement officers to neutralize the shooter shortly after, says Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
The media and the American public have since then considered him a hero, noting that if he had not diverted the attention of the shooter, the number of victims could have been even higher.
Gunfire erupted on October 1st during the Road 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, which gathered some 22,000 people on a lot between the airport and the Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. The gunman, who have rented a room on the 32nd floor of the hotel-casino, killed 58 people and injured more than 520 others.
The shooter was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, a resident of the city of Mesquite, northeast of Las Vegas. He was known to the local authorities but not to the FBI. The police found a dozen firearms in his hotel room.