Hotel security guard Jesus Campos hailed as a hero following Las Vegas shooting

Las Vegas police commend the Mandalay Bay security guard who was dispatched to a door alarm and struck by a bullet from the gun of Stephen Paddock.

Editor’s note: the timeline of when the Jesus Campos, the security guard, was shot has been updated. Police and hotel workers now say Campos was shot before the gunman opened fire onto the crowd. 

Jesus Campos, the unarmed hotel security guard shot by the Las Vegas gunman during the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, is being hailed as a hero.

Las Vegas under-sheriff  Kevin McMahill spoke of  Campos’ actions in a press conference Friday afternoon.

“A remarkable effort by a brave and remarkable man. He’s an absolute hero,” McMahill said.

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“I don’t think we’ve done enough in recognizing him and his actions, and today, I want to apologize, and clear the record that he’s an absolute hero.”

Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire at 10:05 p.m. Sunday night, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others.

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Campos was responding to a door alarm on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Vegas Strip while the shooting was happening.

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The stairwells had reportedly been barricaded, meaning Campos had to take the elevator up.

As he approached, he was shot – through the door — by gunman Stephen Paddock. He was hit in the leg.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Campos faced over 200 rounds of ammunition.

He was then able to report the location of the gunman at 10:18 p.m., 13 minutes after the shooting began – an action officials say saved many more lives.

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When back-up arrived, Lombardo said Campos stayed with the officers to help clear the rooms in the area. He only stopped when officers told him to get medical help.

“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,” Lombardo said Thursday.

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As for Campos himself, he stayed humble in the aftermath of the events.

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“I’m fine,” told ABC News. “I was just doing my job.”

The president of the security guard union Campos belonged to said he was extremely proud of his actions.

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“We certainly know that he distracted the shooter and so lives were saved,” David Hickey said, according to Newsweek.

“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.”

In the news conference Friday, police also confirmed the amount of explosives and Tannerite found in the gunman’s car, saying they are still trying to figure out what Paddock was planning for it.