Police say the unarmed security guard who first found the Las Vegas gunman was a hero who played an ‘absolutely …
The door to Stephen Paddock’s room after a SWAT unit used explosives to gain entry. Bild exclusive/Polaris A security guard wounded when he approached Stephen Paddock’s room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night is being credited with distracting the gunman, possibly stopping him from continuing to shoot at crowds near the Las Vegas Strip, 32 floors below, a Las Vegas law-enforcement official said on Friday. The security guard, Jesus Campos, was released from the hospital on Thursday.
Campos was patrolling the halls of the hotel and was responding to reports of a “door alarm1,” Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said. Once Campos got to the shooter’s floor, he found the stairwells barricaded . As Campos neared the gunman’s room, he was shot in the upper right thigh.
Paddock, who was armed with a cache of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, had “fired through the door, striking Mr . Campos,” said David Hickey, the president of the hotel’s security-guard union . Police later discovered2 that Paddock had set up cameras in the hallway to monitor activity outside his room.
“He notified his dispatch, which was absolutely critical to us, knowing the location, as well as advising the responding officers as they arrived,” McMahill said of Campos.
“I can tell you that this was a remarkable effort by a brave and remarkable man,” McMahill continued. “I want to say today that I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job recognizing him and his actions .. . He’s an absolute hero.” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said in a press conference on Wednesday that he saw what looked to be about 200 rounds of bullets3 fired through the door of Paddock’s room .
It was “amazing that the security guard didn’t sustain additional injury,” he said. Paddock may have stopped shooting at the crowd near the Las Vegas Strip because Campos approached his room, McMahill said. Despite being wounded, Campos kept working alongside Las Vegas police, who rushed the 32nd floor.
“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.
Campos is expected to undergo surgery to remove the bullet, Hickey said.
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Police are to work with the Conservatives to review their conference security after a well-known comedian was able to hand the Prime Minister a mock P45 unemployment notice. Interrupting Theresa May’s keynote speech to Tory members in Manchester1, Lee Nelson – real name Simon Brodkin – approached the podium to hand the Prime Minister the fake document before being led away. Conservative MPs voiced their concerns over the prank, as party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin and Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised a full inquiry. “There should be some very serious questions – that could have been a terrorist,” said Tory MP George Freeman, the head of the Prime Minister’s policy board. A Conservative spokesman said: “In light of the arrest during the Prime Minister’s speech we are working with the police to review the accreditation process and security arrangements for party conference.”
Mr Brodkin, who has a history of interrupting high-profile events, was arrested “to prevent a breach of the peace” after being escorted out of the conference hall, but was later released. He was revealed to have had legitimate accreditation for the Conservative conference, believed to be a two-day delegate pass costing around 700. Greater Manchester Police chief superintendent John O’Hare said: “The man had legitimate accreditation which granted him access to the conference site.
“In light of this we will be reviewing the accreditation process with the Conservative Party. “Even with accreditation, everyone at the conference goes through airport-style searches before being allowed entry to the site.”
Security firm G4S defended themselves, using their Twitter account to reveal they were not the security provider for inside the auditorium but only the conference perimeter, entrances and exits. Mr Brodkin was given a conditional caution in March 2013 after warming up alongside Premier League footballers ahead of a Manchester City game at Everton. He was also arrested, but later released, when he threw money at world football boss Sepp Blatter in July 2015. A month earlier, Mr Brodkin stormed the stage during Kanye West’s set at Glastonbury festival.
- ^ Theresa May’s keynote speech to Tory members in Manchester (news.sky.com)