Las Vegas shooting survivor Jesus Campos speaks publicly for the first time on "Ellen"
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- The security guard who confronted Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is speaking out for the first time since encountering the assailant before he began the mass shooting.
Jesus Campos spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about his experience and what happened to him. It was previously believed that Campos went missing before he appeared on the show.
"I'm doing better each day slowly but surely. Just healing physically and mentally," Campos said.
The security guard says he was checking the door of a hotel room after it was left open for too long. Campos was on the stairwell going up from the 31st floor to the 32nd floor to check on the room when he found the door locked which wasn't normal.
He eventually re-routed to find a new way to get into the room door that was opened and dispatched to an engineer in case there were mechanical issues.
"And at that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds and I believed they were in the area working somehow," Campos said as he described what were actually gunshots being fired by Paddock.
As Campos was walking in a hallway, Paddock came out of a room and fired rounds of shots towards the security guard.
"As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire and at first I took cover, I felt a burning sensation, I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw blood. That's when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired," the security guard said. "I was going to say that I was hit but I got one over myself just to clear that radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call."
Campos, who appeared together with the engineer Stephen Schuck who was called for mechanical assistance, says that he wants to thank the first responders, FBI and the community for all of their help that night.
The security guard asked for money to not be given to him but he did win season tickets to the Oakland Raiders once they move to Las Vegas.