Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay casino security guard shot by Stephen Paddock on October 1, just before Paddock opened fire from his 32nd floor suite on thousands of music lovers, vanished before he was to break his silence on Thursday night in five television interviews. Once the cameras and reporters were ready at a building in Las Vegas to record, Campos was nowhere to be seen. Campos’ union president told ABC News, “We were in a room and we came out and he was gone.”

Campos belongs to the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, which did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News. According to Sean Hannity of Fox News, Campos “cancelled” his appearance that was scheduled for on Thursday evening. Laura Loomer, who regularly reports on issues of interest to Trump supporters, visited Campos' home on Thursday night. When Loomer asked if Campos was at home, a person at the door answered "We can't talk about that now."

Few photos or other information about Campos have surfaced, despite the fact that he is one of the central figures in the current investigation into the incident in which Paddock took 58 lives and wounded hundreds more by gunfire. Las Vegas Police and MGM Resorts have given conflicting information about the timeline of the attack, but SPFPA President David L. Hickey told reporters did not dispute that, despite new information, Campos remains a hero. According to various accounts, Campos was saved a hotel maintenance worker and possibly stopped additional shooting. On Thursday, MGM Resorts issued a statement to “correct some of the misinformation that has been reported."

According to MGM, “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.”

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said this week that Paddock fired about 200 bullets from his room at the resort starting at 9:59 p.m. on October 1, hitting Campos. He then began shooting the music festival crowd six minutes later. Police at first reported the opposite story that Campos was struck after Paddock started firing out the window.

So far, investigators have not released information about any possible motive for Paddock’s attack. Questions have been raised about Campos’ identity. For example, there is no Jesus Campos registered as security guard in the state of Nevada. In Nevada, every security guard is required to register as an armed or unarmed guard with the state’s Private Investigator’s Licensing Board (PILB). This entity’s records are publicly searchable at: nevadapilb.glsuite.us. There’s no Jesus Campos licensed with the PILB.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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