Hero Security Guard Who Saved Hotel Guests After Being Shot Identified
The Mandalay Bay hero security guard who was shot by Stephen Paddock and saved the lives of hotel guests has been identified.
Jesus Campos, identified by the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, was shot in the right thigh when he approached Paddock’s suite on the 32nd floor during the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Police said Paddock managed to fire more than 200 rounds as the security guard approached the room alone and despite being hit, managed to direct police to the exact location of the suite and provided a hotel key to officers looking to clear rooms on the floor.
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After aiding officers, he was eventually taken to hospital where he has since been discharged, according to reports.
ABC News revealed they rang Campos on Wednesday evening to find out how he was, telling reporters:
I’m fine. I was just doing my job.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo praised Campos, saying he aided officers in their search for Paddock.
Lombardo said Paddock fired ‘well over 200 rounds’ into the hallway when Campos approached, having set up a camera in the hallway before carrying out the mass shooting:
His bravery was amazing. He gave our officers the key card for the room and then continued clearing rooms until he was ordered to go seek attention.
64-year-old Paddock had amassed 42 offensive weapons, 17 of which he transported to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, from where he unleashed a hailstorm of bullets onto concert-goers at 10:30pm on Sunday October 1st, killing 59 people and injuring over 500.
The details of his firearms have since been revealed by authorities and as reported by the LA Times, included a majority of rifles and at least one handgun.
Authorities said on Monday, Paddock had used as many as 10 suitcases to transport the arsenal to his room at the Mandalay Bay and had smashed open the room’s windows with a hammer-like device.
His attack on civilians caused the biggest loss of life in a mass shooting in modern US history and injured about 525 other innocent people, including off-duty police officers and navy veterans.
Another man who was hailed a ‘hero’ has now also been identified as Matthew Cobos, a young US Army soldier who bravely ran into the danger zone to help others.
He’s understood to have used his belt as a tourniquet to stop people bleeding and even put his finger in bullet holes of some who had been shot.
Getty photographer David Becker, revealed on Tuesday the couple had managed to run away seconds after the photo was snapped.
Cobos is reportedly back home now with family in California, according to the Daily Mail.
Other acts of heroism have been documented on social media, as the survivors come to terms with what they’ve seen.
Two hours before the horrific events, Renee Cesario met Brendan Kelly, a Marine who later saved her life during the massacre.
She wrote in a thankful message on Facebook:
If you want to help, a GoFundMe page has been set up for all the victims of Sunday’s attack. So far, more than $9 million has been raised.
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Mystery man pictured shielding a woman from Vegas gunfire with his own body is revealed to be a young US Army soldier who ran back into the danger zone and plugged other people's bullet holes with his fingers