Details are still being revealed about the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that took place on October 1. The tragedy took place at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of around 20,000 concertgoers.
Paddock was operating out of his 32nd-floor hotel room at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Just before shooting down at the crowd, Paddock shot 200 rounds at security guard Jesus Campos in the hotel and ended up hitting him in the leg.
Last week, Campos was scheduled to have several television interviews to talk about the incident. When cameras were ready to roll, however, the guard bolted off and was nowhere to be found.
While some people were suspicious that Campos would ignore the interviews that he had scheduled, MGM, the mother company of the Mandalay Bay hotel, said that the guard just wanted to talk about his story in his own time.
They said, "Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing. He's asked that everyone respect his request for privacy. We could not be more proud of Jesus."
Now, for the first time since the attack, Jesus Campos has broken the silence. He was interviewed in an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that is set to air on Wednesday afternoon.
In the interview, Campos told Ellen that he is healing. He said, "I'm doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically."
The guard said that he was patrolling the halls when he was called to check on a fire-exit door on the 32nd floor. He reportedly tried to go up the stairs to get to the floor but was unable to get past another barricaded door, thus having to use an elevator instead.
Campos said that he finally got to the floor and shut a hallway door. He believes that the loud noise of slamming the door shut is what alerted the shooter that someone was in the hallway. As Campos was walking back down the hall, he heard the rapid fire.
He said, "As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire. And at first, I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That's when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired."
Paddock shot Campos through the door and one of the bullets struck his upper right thigh.
Campos said, "And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call."
He said that at one point, a woman leaned out of her room to see what was going on, but he quickly told her to go back inside. Shortly after, another hotel worker, Stephen Schuck, appeared. Campos told him to take cover as well, and Schuck believes that Campos saved his life.
Schuck said, "Once I got more than halfway is when I saw Jesus, and I started to hear shooting. 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.'”
Jesus Campos went on to thank everyone involved with helping victims the night of the incident.
He said, "Everything puts pieces together on how everyone came together to help that night even in the darkest hour."
Below is a portion of the interview. The full interview is scheduled to air on Wednesday afternoon.
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