Unarmed Security Guard Who Led Police To Las Vegas Gunman Is Being Hailed As A Hero

"Any one of us could have been in the position he was in."

Jesus Campos wasn't outside watching the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, but the unarmed security guard at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is being hailed as a hero because he played a pivotal role in leading law enforcement to the gunman's hotel room.

Dave Hickey, the president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, tells The Daily Beast that Campos tracked the sound of gunshots and first approached the gunman's room on the 32nd floor alone and unarmed in an attempt to stop the shooting spree playing out below. 

As was widely reported, since the gunman had set up cameras both inside and directly outside of the hotel room he was able to see Campos (and later additional law enforcement officials) approaching and fired over 200 rounds of bullets at the door in response. Miraculously, Campos only sustained an injury to his leg and was able to radio dispatch and lead them to the gunman's exact location in the massive complex despite his wounded state.

"We received information via their dispatch center… that helped us locate where this individual was sequestered," Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on October 4. 


"It is amazing that the security guard didn't sustain additional injuries," Lombardo added, according to HuffPost. "His bravery was amazing because he remained with our officers, providing them the key pass to access the door and actually continued to help them clear rooms until our officers demanded that he go seek medical attention."

Once police were able to blow open the door, they found the killer dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Though Campos told ABC News he was "just doing my job," there's no telling how many lives were saved because of his heroic actions. Campos's co-worker Liliana Rodriguez was so moved by his heroism and selflessness that she started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover his medical expenses. "Any one of us could have been in the position he was in," Rodriguez wrote. "Most importantly we are a home away from home and at the end of the day we are a team and we should all go home together." 

Though Campos told ABC News he is "fine," Hickey said a bullet in the guard's leg will be removed in surgery at a later date. Thankfully Rodriguez's GoFundMe campaign is just a few thousand dollars away from its $20,000 goal. To donate, please click here.

Cover image via Tupungato / Shutterstock.com.


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