Local and national authorities are seemingly no closer to discovering the motive behind Stephen Paddock’s October 1st shooting spree in Sin City.
Around 10pm local time, Paddock broke out two windows in his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel and opened fire on country music fans who were across the street, using a cache of weapons normally found in terrorist strongholds. The retired millionaire killed 58 people that night, and injured over 500 more both with bullets and the ensuing panic.
Just moments before this horrific act began, however, Paddock shot and injured Jesus Campos, a Mandalay Bay security guard in the hallway outside of his room. Campos, having been the only victim of Paddock’s that actually interacted with the killer on a one-to-one basis, has been sought after by police and the media in the days following the tragedy. The problem is, Campos has been rather hard to track down after ducking 5 news outlets at once during a suddenly canceled press conference just days ago.
Since then, Campos whereabouts have been scarcely known. His appearance on the Ellen Degeneres daytime talk show was the only time that the public has gotten a good look at Campos. Now, investigators believe that the security guard and possible key to their entire investigation is holed up in a swanky vegas hotel for safekeeping.
“Jesus Campos, the hotel security guard who was wounded during the Las Vegas massacre, is staying for free at an undisclosed hotel owned by MGM Resorts International, according to the company.
“The arrangement has led to speculation that MGM wants to prevent the media from questioning Campos about the Oct. 1 massacre, in which a gunman opened fire from a hotel owned by the company. Campos, who was shot in a leg during the rampage that killed 58 people and injured more than 500, is on paid leave while he recovers.
“’I really think it’s about not allowing reporters and lawyers and investigators to get to him,’ said attorney Mo Aziz, who represents one of the Las Vegas shooting victims. ‘I think they want to make sure he doesn’t make any statement that could really become problematic. And the reason they put him up on their property is so that they’ll know at all times where he is and who’s talking with him.’”“Campos’ whereabouts have been mostly uncertain ever since he abruptly canceled several media interviews shortly after his release from the hospital, including one interview scheduled for Oct. 5 with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.”