A hotel security guard who was the first victim of the Las Vegas massacre people has spoken of what happened of the first time.
Jesus Campos was on duty at the Mandalay Bay hotel and was the first to confront gunman Stephen Paddock1 . Police have given a series of conflicting accounts of how events then panned out amid serious questions over the response time. The hotel has also come under scrutiny over their security arrangments.
Campos would appear to be the only person who can conclusively clear up the dispute. He was due to give a series of TV interviews last week but cancelled at the last minute.
On Wednesday he finally appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S . history. The guard told DeGeneres he had been called to check on an open stairwell door near Paddock s suite on the 32nd floor.
He found it was blocked by a metal bracket, and he called hotel security to send up a building engineer.
Jesus Campos speaks on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about the Las Vegas shooting (Image: REUTERS) He was joined by engineer Stephen Schuck who was also present (Image: REUTERS)
“At that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds and I believed that they were in the area working somehow,” said Campos, who was joined for the interview by the engineer, Stephen Schuck. Campos said he took cover when Paddock began shooting from behind the door.
I felt a burning sensation . I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood,” he went on.
“That s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”
Paddock killed 58 and injured more than 500 in the mass shooting (Image: Getty Images North America)
After he was hit, Campos said, he used his cellphone to call the hotel s security desk in order to keep the emergency radio frequencies clear. When Schuck arrived on the 32nd floor, Campos leaned out and he said, Take cover !
Take cover ! and yelled at me, Schuck said.
“Within milliseconds, if he didn t say that, I would have got hit.”
Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo has come under criticism for the police account of what happened (Image: Twitter/@ABC) Paddock killed himself as police waited outside his hotel room (Image: REUTERS) Investigators have yet to establish what drove Paddock to carry out the massacre (Image: Internet Unknown)
Police have said that Paddock, a 64-year-old avid gambler, fatally shot himself before they entered the room. He wounded almost 550 people when he opened fire on an outdoor concert from his window, according to authorities, and strafed the hotel hallway with about 200 bullets.
Las Vegas police on Friday presented a third version of the timeline for the shooting that showed they responded immediately to the gunfire, and that Paddock shot Campos at about the same time he opened fire on concertgoers.
Russia is using Champions League matches involving English clubs to prepare it for hosting next summer’s World Cup. Organisers say the 2018 tournament will be one of the “most protected” ever – as the country faces threats from terror and hooligans. Some 2,000 British fans are in Moscow as Liverpool play Spartak Moscow and Manchester United face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Authorities are using the fixtures as dummy runs for security ahead of the World Cup. Hooliganism in Russian football has been a matter of growing concern over recent years. So-called Russia “ultras” were involved in clashes with England fans during the 2016 Euro Championships in Marseilles.1
Many Russians were believed to have come trained, equipped and determined to cause carnage in the French port.
But Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has introduced a string of tough measures targeting sports hooligans in the past six months. These included tough new sentencing for people who cause trouble – both Russian and foreign. Russia’s role in the conflict in Syria means the threat from terror is continuing to grow.
But organisers predict the 2018 World Cup will be one of the “safest” and “most protected” yet. This will entail levels of security never seen before. Fans travelling to Russia for the tournament can expect to go through several layers of security before even entering a stadium.
Once inside, police will monitor activity inside the grounds from a central control room, using hundreds of individual cameras attached to seats.
Organisers also say that spectators will know exactly where the line is when it comes to behaviour.
Dozens of cyclists queued up this morning to receive free security marking kits for their bikes. The initiative was launched by The States of Jersey Police to help reduce theft in the island. Officers were seen tagging pedal bikes with a unique ID number at Victoria Avenue in Jersey this morning.
The security marking kits, funded by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, will make it easier for islanders to recover their bike if it is stolen. So far Jersey Police have marked more than 2,000 pedal bikes in the island. The States of Jersey Police tweeted a video this morning of one cyclist owner sharing her thoughts on the importance of bike security marking.
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