'I felt a burning sensation': Hotel guard describes getting shot before Las Vegas massacre

'I felt a burning sensation': Hotel guard describes getting shot before Las Vegas massacre
From CBC - October 18, 2017

The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard who promptly radioed for help, according to a TV interview broadcast Wednesday with the guard and a hotel building engineer whose life he is credited with saving.

In his only public recounting of the Oct. 1 shooting in which 58 peopledied andmore than 500 were wounded, guard Jesus Campos told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he was heading down the hall after calling for a maintenance worker when he heard "rapid fire" gunshots through the nearby doors of Stephen Paddock's suite in the Mandalay Bay.

"At first, I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up, and I saw the blood," Campos said. "That's when I called it in on my radio that shots had been fired."

He did not say what time that was.

The hotel engineer, Stephen Schuck, was sent to check a fire exit door that Campos found bolted shut, he told DeGeneres.He did not hear gunfire when he reached the opposite end of the 32nd floor hallway. Thenhe heard what he thought was the sound of construction.

"I did not know it was shooting. I thought it was a jackhammer," Schuck said. "And, you know as an engineer, I am like, 'We are not working up here this late at night. We would not be doing that.'

"It [the gunfire]was, I believe, outside."

Authorities say Paddock had smashed twowindows in his hotel room and rained gunfire downinto a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music festival.

'I would have got hit'

When Schuckarrived in the 32ndfloor hallway,Camposhad already been shot. But he still managed to leanout from a door entrance and yellatSchuck to take cover, Schuck told DeGeneres.

"Within milliseconds, if he did not say that, I would have got hit," Schuck said, describing bullets whizzing past his head.

Police later said more than 200 shots were fired into the hallway.

'Stay back and get cover'


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