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.
Shocking footage has emerged of a Marks & Spencer1 security guard appearing to body slam a Big Issue vendor after he refused to return to the store for questioning. Witnesses watched in disbelief as the pair wrestled on the floor outside the department store in Covent Garden, Central London. The homeless man can be heard on the video screaming get off me as he desperately tries to escape before being thrown to the cobbles like a rag doll.
He was heard howling in pain as store employees tried to haul him back inside but they let him go after the commotion drew a crowd.
The incident was caught on camera (Image: DRN) The security guard wants to get the man into the M&S store (Image: DRN) He tries to bring the vendor under control (Image: DRN)
Marks & Spencer condemned the behaviour as completely unacceptable and confirmed it is launching an immediate investigation. The dramatic video – filmed by a member of the public on a mobile phone – emerged on social media today. It shows the security guard trying to drag the man towards the store entrance with both arms pinned behind his back.
When he resists, the guard grabs him by the neck and pulls him to the pavement. He puts him in a headlock and says: Stop resisting, stop resisting.
The homeless man holds onto a lamp post in desperation (Image: DRN) The security guard has the vendor in a headlock (Image: DRN)
He manages to free himself but as he is walking away the guard appears to rush up on him from behind and wrap both arms around his shoulders. Onlookers gasp as the man is hurled off the kerb and slammed into the concrete.
Another member of staff tries to block the camera with his hand and goes to assist his colleague. The security guard says get him inside and they start trying to drag him up off the ground.
M&S has launched an investigation (Image: DRN) The homeless man is slammed to the ground (Image: DRN)
The man filming says: What you doing, mate ? Oh, my days. A large crowd gathers on the other side of the street and staff eventually decide to release the man, saying: Don t come back.
It is not known what the man was accused of. A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer confirmed the security guard no longer works for the company.
A crowd starts to gather due to the commotion (Image: DRN) The camera man can be heard protesting against the vendors physical treatment (Image: DRN)
She added: We re very disappointed to see this footage.
“Nothing justifies this behaviour, it is completely unacceptable and is not tolerated at M&S.
This incident took place over a year ago but was not reported to us at the time.
“Nonetheless, we ve launched an immediate investigation into the incident.
This security guard no longer works on behalf of M&S and we are taking appropriate actions to ensure that this behaviour doesn t happen again. A spokeswoman for the Big Issue said: We are appalled by this shocking and apparently unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person. Big Issue sellers face all manner of hardship on the streets and are frequently subject to abuse, but we would hope that the premises of a major retailer would represent a safe environment.
As an organisation we’ve enjoyed a good relationship with Marks & Spencer over the years, so we sincerely hope this an isolated incident which will be treated as seriously as it deserves to be.
A shoplifter who chased after a supermarket security guard with a knife when he was caught stealing booze has been locked-up. John Spedding was spotted pocketing a bottle of sambuca from Asda, in Hebburn1, and was followed out of the store by the guard. But when he was confronted outside and asked for the alcohol back, the 22-year-old pulled out a Stanley knife and chased the security guard down nearby Aln Street.
The terrified worker told police his life flashed before his eyes as he feared he would be stabbed if he was caught.
Newcastle Crown Court2 heard Spedding came to within a metre of the guard before stopping his pursuit after he was distracted by someone he knew. The police were called and Spedding was aggressive and violent with officers before biting one of them on the leg, prosecutors said. Now, the thief, of Bishop Crescent, Jarrow, has been jailed for 18 months after he admitted threatening a person with a bladed article, theft and assaulting a police officer.
Paul Rowland, prosecuting, said Spedding was spotted picking-up the sambuca and leaving the Asda store on the afternoon of September 5 this year. The guard followed him outside and asked for the alcohol back when he discovered him hiding behind a vehicle in the car park. Mr Rowland said: At that point, the defendant placed the bottle on the ground and removed a craft or Stanley knife from his left pocket and the blade was showing and he said f****** come one then .
The security guard was terrified . He simply said to the defendant Keep it, keep it , referring to the alcohol . But, the defendant began to advance towards him .
At that point, the security guard began to run away.
He ran along Aln street to try and get away from the defendant . He did turn around at one point and saw the defendant still chasing him with the knife in his hand about 1m from him.
The court was told Spedding was then distracted by someone he knew and stopped the chase, allowing the security guard to run back to the store and alert the police. But, officers were already on their way to the scene after being called by a concerned member of public and Spedding was arrested in a nearby park, where he d tried to dump the knife and booze.
Mr Rowland said Spedding then lashed out while being restrained and bit a police officer s leg when he was taken to a cell at the police station. Locking him up, Judge Amanda Rippon said: You were drunk at the time you committed this offence and you not only produced a knife but you chased your victim, who was doing no more than his duty as a security guard, down a public street, in full view of members of the public.
In a victim statement he said this left him shaken up, his life flashed before his eyes and he genuinely believed, not surprisingly, if you caught him, and you got within a meter of him, that you would have stabbed him. Vic Laffey, mitigating, said Spedding was drunk at the time and was now remorseful.
He added; He does not recall an awful lot about the incident because of the alcohol situation .
He has expressed a desire to apologise to those he has caused distress to as a result of the incident.