by Dee McLachlan
Jesus Campos was the first person to locate the “sniper’s lair.” Armed with nothing more than a baton, he raced towards the shooting. Reports state that the stairwell door was barricaded (locked?) so he came up in the elevator.
It is said that Paddock saw the guard on his surveillance camera and fired 200 rounds through the door into the passage. Jesus was shot in the leg, but I wonder what was left of the door?
The main door of the suite has a view all the way down the passage, and is also adjacent to the door leading to the fire escape stairwell.
Jesus’ Time Line
10.05pm: First shots fired. Jesus goes searching for the location. At 10.12pm two officers arrive on 31st floor and announce gunfire above them. It is at some point here that Jesus interrupts the shooter.
10.15pm: Last shots are fired. Were the last shots fired, fired at Jesus?
10.17pm: First two officers arrive on 32nd floor. When did they first look down towards Paddock’s room? And at 10.18pm, Jesus tells the casino dispatch (which then relayed the message to the police) that he is shot and gives them exact location of suspect’s room. (There is a discrepancy in the times from various reports.)
10.26-10.30pm: Eight officers arrive on 32nd floor and move systematically down the hallway, clearing every room and looking for injured. (Reports say they move this way because they no longer hear the gunfire.)
10.55pm: Eight officers arrive in stairwell near “sniper’s lair.”
11.20pm: An hour has gone by before the officers entered the room. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door. At 11.27pm they get into the second room.
So why did the shooting stop?
The MSM write about how “creepy” Paddock was, and maybe the interruption was a sign for him that the game was over. He stops killing, and then shoots himself.
I presume that when Jesus was shot, he backed off — out of sight, and out of line of the suite entrance door. If the shooter was prepared to blast 200 rounds at the first guard — why stop with one unarmed guard, and then commit suicide? We will never know.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says Paddock had plans to escape. So why did he not attempt escape? He was a few meters from the stairwell. Lombardo also seems to think that Paddock did not act alone. He said, “You’ve got to make the assumption he had help at some point. Or maybe he’s a superguy who’s working this all out on his own.” Is it possible that there was another shooter that did escape down the stairwell right after Jesus backed off?
There are reports that “Senior law enforcement officials [said] that [a Stephen] Paddock… had rented a room at a Chicago hotel, and also researched locations in Boston… had booked a room during the Lollapolooza festival, but failed to show up.” But Paddock landed up in Vegas, and I keep wondering… why explosives in the car, and why so many guns?
Anyway, praise to Jesus for ending the shooting spree.