Almost two weeks after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, there are still so many questions as to why this event happened. What was the motive? How can this be prevented?
Investigators are attempting to reconstruct the timeline from that Sunday evening at the beginning of October with the hopes that certain details will emerge to shed light on understanding that evening.
Of course, people like Stephen Paddock will likely never be understood. Their troubled nature runs deeper than any understanding of a rational human being.
There is a new question and small detail that may shed light on some of this, and that question involves Jesus Campos.
Who is Campos? The Mandalay Bay security guard who was shot by Paddock moments before he unleashed hundreds of bullets on the concertgoers below.
Campos was going to break his silence and speak in several televised interviews last night, Thursday, October 12th.
But, instead, Campos strangely disappeared.
The question now–where is Campos? Where did he go? Why didn’t he sit in on these interviews?
According to Fox News:
[W]hen the cameras were about to roll, and media gathered in the building to talk to him, Campos reportedly bolted, and, as of early Friday morning, it wasn’t immediately clear where he was.
“We were in a room and we came out and he was gone,” Campos’ union president told reporters, according to ABC News’ Stephanie Wash.
Campos is represented by the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, which did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News earlier this week.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity tweeted out that Campos, who was scheduled to appear on “Hannity” Thursday night, “cancelled” his appearance.
Little is known about Campos, with few pictures to emerge of the security guard and no apparent online footprint surfacing to provide details about one of the central figures in the mass shooting.
SPFPA President David L. Hickey told reporters new information about the timeline of the attack — for which Las Vegas Police and MGM Resorts have given conflicting accounts – doesn’t dispute Campos is still a hero for saving a maintenance worker and possibly stopping additional shots, Wash reported.
MGM Resorts issued a statement Thursday to “correct some of the misinformation that has been reported.”
“We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio,” the statement said. “Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio. These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor.”
In the most recent police timeline, provided Monday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock fired about 200 bullets from his room at the resort starting at 9:59 p.m. on Oct. 1 — the volley in which Campos was hit — and then began opening fire on the music festival crowd six minutes later.
Police had earlier said the opposite – that Campos was struck after Paddock started firing out the window.
This begs the question–why did Campos get spooked? What was it about appearing on television that made him run?
Was he concerned that interviewers would note discrepancies?
Was there something to hide?
At this point, we really just do not know. However, it’s another strange happenstance in the ever-odd tragedy of the Las Vegas mass shooting. As our staff have written in countless articles, as one detail comes in, many other questions come along as well. So many things just do not add up, Jesus Campos being one of them.