Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard Jesus Campos, who
has been hailed for being the first to confront Las Vegas
shooter Stephen Paddock, gave his first public account of the
attack, in an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres
Campos and Mandalay Bay building engineer Stephen Schuck were
DeGeneres’ guests in an interview taped Tuesday.
“As I was walking down [the hallway], I heard rapid fire,”
Campos told DeGeneres in the interview. “I took cover, and I
felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and
saw blood. That’s when I called in on my radio that shots were
The show released an eight-minute clip of the interview on
Tuesday night, and the full episode will air Wednesday
Campos laid out his recollection of the events leading up to
Paddock’s firing on a crowd at a country music festival across
the street from the Mandalay Bay hotel on Oct. 1. Fifty-eight
people were killed, and hundreds more were injured, in the
deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
Campos’ account on “Ellen” was in line with much of what has
been reported on the shooting. He did not specify times for his
account — a point of confusion in the investigation.
He said he was on the 31st floor of the hotel when he was
called to check on an open door on the 32nd floor. When he went
to a stairwell, he found the door to the 32nd floor was jammed.
He left the stairwell and took an elevator to the 32nd floor to
check why the door wasn’t opening.
Campos said the door was jammed using brackets, so he called
engineering, which sent Schuck to look.
As Campos was walking back down the hallway, with his back to
the suite Paddock was in, the gunman opened fire. Campos said
he realized he had been hit and was bleeding.
Schuck reached the 32nd floor and approached the same hallway,
completely unaware of the situation unfolding.
“Once I got more than halfway [down the hallway] is when I saw
Jesus and heard shooting,” Schuck said. “At first I thought it
was a jackhammer.
“Jesus leaned out and said, ‘Take cover, take cover,’ and
yelled at me, and within milliseconds, if he didn’t say that, I
could’ve got hit.”
Schuck described the “pressure” of the bullets flying past his
head as he ducked behind a door frame for cover.
PHOTO: Broken windows are seen at the Mandalay Bay Resort and
Casino, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty
Campos and Schuck did not elaborate further on the situation or
clarify why it took so long — about 20 minutes, according to
Las Vegas police accounts — for police to reach the 32nd floor.
When police eventually breached the door to Paddock’s suite, he
was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
Schuck and Campos thanked the Las Vegas Metro Police Department
and other first responders for their efforts in the aftermath
of the shooting.
Campos appeared on “Ellen” for what he said would be his only
public comments on the shooting. He was noticeably emotional in
the interview, often being patted on the back by Schuck and
comforted by DeGeneres.
Schuck previously spoke to NBC, and Campos drew attention
recently after he skipped out on scheduled interviews with Fox
News and other outlets last Thursday. The Associated Press
reported that Campos had “disappeared” after requesting to
go to a walk-in medical clinic on Thursday. Other interviews
were canceled, and the head of his union had been unable to
contact with him.
“Thank you so much for being here,” DeGeneres said at the close
of the interview. “I know you’ve had so many people asking for
you to tell the story and talk about this, and I understand
your reluctance because you just want this to be over.”
“You’re talking about it now, and then you’re not going to talk
about it again,” DeGeneres continued. “And I don’t blame you,
because to relive this over and over again … We just wanted
to celebrate you.”
Schuck was given an all-expenses-paid trip to an Indianapolis
Colts game, and Campos was given Raiders season tickets, after
the team moves from Oakland to Las Vegas.