Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos minutes before opening fire on the Route 91 Harvest concert festival last Sunday, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 500 others, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday, changing the timeline of events.
Lombardo and other authorities had previously said Campos was shot after the gunfire began. But Lombardo now says Paddock fired at Campos from inside his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel at 9:59 p.m. Lombardo has said that Paddock unloaded more than 200 rounds into the hallway and Campos was wounded by a ricocheting bullet. The shooting began at 10:05 p.m.
The updated information changes the timeline of what happened. Police had previously said that Campos found the Paddock as he was firing into the crowd, and possibly stopped further carnage by turning his attention away from the concert festival. But Lombardo said investigators now do not know what caused Paddock to stop firing after 10 minutes of shooting.
Campos, 25, has been hailed as a hero for his actions, and Lombardo said his actions still helped officers find where the gunfire was coming from. He said Campos helped “pinpoint the location of the suspect.” Lombardo said Campos reported that he had been shot, but the responding officers did not know he was wounded until they met him “in the hallway after exiting the elevator.”
The security guard was on the 32nd floor responding to a door alarm of a different room than the one Paddock was in, Lombardo said. Campos heard drilling near the door of the room where Paddock was. Lombardo said there was drilling done, and he assumes it was done to place a camera or gun, but it was not completed.
“As you might imagine, Mr. Campos was not only injured when he was fired upon when he did his room check about the door alarm down the hall from the suspect’s room, but he was also extremely shaken up by what happened to him,” Lombardo said. “He was able to confirm for us exactly what he heard and saw in the moments before he was shot.”
Lombardo said Campos was injured before the “mass volley of shooting.” He said, “yes the timeline” of when Campos was shot “has changed through investigation. As I have conveyed to you from the very beginning, in your zest for information, in my zest to ensure the public safety and the calming of their minds, is somethings while change. They are minute changes. But what we have learned is that Mr. Campos was encountered by the suspect prior to his shooting into the outside world.”
Lombardo said Campos was near the room because of an “alarm associated with an open door. It was not the suspect’s open door, it was another one.” After he was shot, Campos alerted security supervisors about what happened, and helped another hotel employee to safety.
“He, immediately upon being injured, notified security of his situation. In close proximity of Mr. Campos being shot there was also a maintenance worker that presented himself on the 32nd floor and Mr. Campos prevented him from receiving any injuries,” Lombardo said.
When asked if Campos’ engagement with the suspect sped up the shooter’s timeline, Lombardo said he would not “make that assumption,” because he’s not privy to that information.
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