Las Vegas, Nevada – An unarmed security guard at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino found gunman Stephen Paddock and drew fire from the mass murderer and was shot in the leg as he radioed police for help. Police said that Paddock shot more than 200 bullets into the hallway when he learned the security guard was on to him.
The security guard was identified as Jesus Campos by the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Campos was shot in the right thigh as he approached Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor. The union said Campos was released from the hospital.
The Daily Beast reported that the shooter Paddock has cameras installed in the hallway and the peephole of the door and saw Campos approaching and shot him through the door. After Campos was hit, he radioed casino dispatch and told him their location and told them about Paddock.
“We received information via their dispatch center…that helped us locate where this individual was sequestered,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Tuesday.
David Hickey, president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, said Campos got to the 32nd floor via the elevator because Paddock had blocked the stairwell doors leading to the hallway outside of his room.
Campos tried to open the door to Paddock’s hotel room and only had a baton but the room was barricaded and then the gunman opened fire on the security guard.
Even though Campos was wounded, he stayed on and went door-to-door with police until he was ordered to leave because he was wounded.
Authorities said without Campos’ heroic actions, the death toll could have been much higher.
“I think we need to recognize the position that these officers hold,” Hickey said. “Security professionals in those kind of venues—whether it’s a bank or a hotel or Disney World—I’m telling you that I don’t think that our officers are recognized enough for the valuable role that they play in protecting property, people and even the nation.”
The bullet is still in Campos’ leg and will be removed later in surgery, Hickey said.
“We just want to make sure that Mr. Campos and all of our officers are recognized for what they do every day, which is protect people,” Hickey said.