• Allison McMIllian

Mandalay Bay guard shares experience with Ellen DeGeneres

Jesus Campos, a guard at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres on her show this week; during the interview, which aired Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, Campos revealed details about the few moments before the Las Vegas massacre which killed 58 people and injured over hundreds, according to Fox News

Campos told DeGeneres he had trouble reaching the shooter’s floor to inspect a door that was left ajar on the night of the shooting. The door from the stairwell to the 32nd floor was blocked off.

“There was a metal bracket holding the door in place,” Campos said, ”That was just out of the ordinary. It’s not normal.”

Campos said he got to the floor through another stairwell and looked over the metal bracket from the other side. Before the shooting began, he claims he heard a drilling sound near Paddock’s room and immediately called security. Maintenance worker Stephen Schuck was sent to investigate.

When Campos was walking back into the hallway from a room that leads to the stairwell, the door, which he claimed was heavy, closed behind him.

"I believed that’s what caught the shooter’s attention,” Campos said. “As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire. At first I took cover. I felt the burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood.”

Campos said that Paddock was firing from behind the closed door of his room but wasn’t sure how.

Schuck got to the floor through an elevator and said he didn’t notice the firing until he got closer to Paddock’s room.

“Once I got more than halfway is when I saw Jesus, and I started to hear shooting," Schuck said. "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.'”

Schuck said Campos leaned out from his hiding spot and yelled for him to take cover, which saved his life.

“Everyone came together to help that night, even in the darkest hour,” said Campos, who thanked the Las Vegas police, FBI, first and hospital workers.