Las Vegas Shooting Security Guard’s Free Stay at MGM Questioned


The owners of the hotel where Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more are being scrutinized for setting up hero security guard Jesus Campos in a room for free, prompting concerns that the hotel is tampering with a key witness in the case.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel that employed Campos, began housing the guard shortly after he was identified on October 4 as the officer shot by Paddock. Lawyers are concerned about the arrangement because authorities have had trouble pinning down whether Paddock shot Campos before or after his rampage began.

“There’s a suspicion that they are trying to shape his testimony and don’t want him to provide information to the public about the incident,” Las Vegas attorney Will Kemp, who sued the MGM Grand after a deadly 1980 fire, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Thursday. “Obviously they want him to come out with a version of the timeline that’s favorable to them.”

Campos is a key witness because he was the first person to encounter Paddock.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has revised the timeline of the shooting, first saying that Paddock shot Campos after he began firing at the crowd at the 91 Harvest music festival below, then saying that Campos was shot minutes prior. MGM contested the latter account. Lombardo last said that Paddock shot Campos at about the same time he gunned down festivalgoers.

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