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Security Guard Jesus Campos Is Being Hailed As A Hero After Leading Police To Mandalay Bay Shooter

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After the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 dead and hundreds more injured, we’re now learning more about the brave people who put their lives on the line to help people to safety. Authorities have been applauded for arriving quickly at the location of the shooter, who later killed himself, and now we know why they got there so fast.

Jesus Campos is a Mandalay Bay security guard who called police to tell them he had found the shooter.

CNN is reporting that Campos was “patrolling the halls” of the hotel when he heard the shooting. He attempted to get to other floors but found that the stairways were barricaded. Campos used an elevator to get to the 32nd floor and approached the room of Stephen Paddock.

Paddock had placed a camera outside of his hotel room door to track anyone outside of his room. Campos, who was unarmed, approached the room. When Paddock saw him coming, he fired at Campos and shot him in the thigh.

Campos then called the police to inform them that he had found the shooter.

“It’s amazing that that security guard didn’t sustain additional injury,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

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“His bravery was amazing because he remained with our officers, providing them the key pass to access the door and continued to help them clear rooms until our officers demanded he seek medical attention,” said Lombardo in a press conference.

At the hospital, Campos told ABC that he is “fine” and was just doing his job when he confronted the shooter.

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Liliana Rodriguez, a coworker of Campos at Mandalay Bay, has started a GoFundMe for Campos. She wrote, “Any one of us could have been in the position he was in. Most importantly, we are a home away from home and at the end of the day we are a team and we should all go home together.”

So far the campaign has raised more than $17,000 of its $20k goal.

Some are now wondering if Campos will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

David Hickey, president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America who represents Campos, said it would be “amazing” if Campos was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

“I don’t see how anybody could be unhappy if any of the first responders were awarded that medal,” Hickey told The Daily Beast. “We’re extremely proud of Jesus and more importantly we’re happy for him and his family that his wound was not as many of the people that were killed.”

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After Calling Trump Out On His Response To Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Doing His Part To Send Relief

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After Calling Trump Out On His Response To Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Doing His Part To Send Relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda used Puerto Rican town names for the lyrics.

Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico was personal for Lin-Manuel Miranda and millions of Puerto Ricans worldwide. As relief efforts from the federal government dragged at a disappointingly slow pace, several celebrities used their platform to send assistance to those on the Caribbean island. Pitbull sent a plane to assist cancer patients, Jennifer Lopez has worked to raise funds (she also donated $1 million of her own money) and Bethenny Frankel sent planes with supplies. Now, Miranda, along with 25 other artists, have created a new song to raise money for the Hispanic Federation called “Almost Like Praying.” The song, which is mostly in Spanish, features J.Lo, Fat Joe, Gina Rodriguez, Camila Cabello, Luis Fonsi, Rita Moreno, Marc Anthony and so many more artists singing about Puerto Rico. The lyrics focus on all the different cities and towns throughout the island, like Isabela, Maricao, Fajardo, Dorado.

“Well, the only lyric that really unites us and that makes the most sense for a fundraising song is if I can somehow write a lyric that includes all 78 towns in Puerto Rico so that no one feels left out and no one’s town feels forgotten,” Miranda told NPR about how his social media timelines were filled with people searching for family from different towns. “There’s been a lot of heartbreaking stories coming out of Puerto Rico. But one of the ones that broke my heart was actually not the story but the headline. The headline in The [New York] Times on Sunday was, ‘Many Towns In Puerto Rico Feeling Forgotten,’ and that broke my heart.”

You can tap here to get the song on SpotifyiTunes, or here for Google Play.


READ: President Trump’s One-Day Visit To Puerto Rico Was Packed With Tone Deaf Moves

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