On a tense and emotional episode of “The Ellen Show,” Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos recounted the tragic events of the Las Vegas shooting that left 59 people dead. Although several media outlets had Campos down as “missing,” he appeared on “The Ellen Show” to give his harrowing account of the event.
Campos told Ellen he was doing regular rounds on the 39th floor — the same floor where shooter Stephen Paddock was staying. After noticing a hallway door that was blocked with brackets, Campos put in a call on his walkie-talkie so a hotel engineer could check it out. Campos heard what he referred to as the sound of drilling, which he ignored, assuming it was construction work in a hotel room. The drilling sound was the shooter, who had already begun his shooting spree.
Campos then walked out of the stairwell, letting the door slam behind him. Moments later, Paddock began shooting in Campos’ direction, through a hotel room door rigged with cameras. One of the bullets caught Campos in the thigh. Campos called “shots fired” over his walkie and a hotel guest exited her room and saw what was going on. Campos told her to stay in her room, potentially saving her life. Shortly after, Mandalay Bay engineer Stephen Schuck arrived on the scene just as more shooting commenced. Campos was already on the floor taking cover. Had it not been for Campos, who spotted Schuck and told him to duck and cover, Schuck could have possibly been hit by gunfire.
Throughout the interview, you can see how difficult it is for Campos to recount the tale. Schuck thanks him several times for saving his life. And when given the opportunity to address people, he thanks the other service members, first responders, hospital workers and law enforcement who arrived on the scene. Neither Campos or Shuck wanted praise or rewards — both men declined financial help — but Ellen found a way to give these guys a heroes reward anyway.
Check out the video above to see how she paid back these heroes.