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Inexplicable disappearance of Las Vegas 'hero' security guard creates more questions than it answers

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Nearly a week after Jesus Campos disappeared, little is known of the whereabouts of the Las Vegas security guard whose life was woven into the narrative of the deadliest mass shooting in America, first as a "hero" and later as perhaps something less.

Campos was the first to approach the hotel room of gunman Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he was shot in the leg through the door. He was said to have alerted police and cleared the floor, potentially saving many lives through his heroic actions. In a recent update, police said the gunman shot Campos six minutes before opening fire on the crowd below.

What happened?

  • Campos disappeared from public sight Thursday night.
  • The security guard was set to give several interviews to various networks that evening, but when it came time to conduct the interviews, reports say he "bolted."
  • "We were in a room [and] we came out [and] he was gone," ABC News journalist Stephanie Wash said of the incident.
  • Fox News' Sean Hannity confirmed that Campos cancelled his appearance on "Hannity."
  • Investigative reporter Laura Loomer visited the Campos residence, but was turned away by a woman who said she could not "talk about this."
  • Loomer later reported that Campos's family has a gag order.
  • David Hickey, president of the Security Police and Fire Professionals Union who is representing Campos, reported that Campos was taken to an walk-in care clinic on the night of the interviews.
  • "Right now I'm just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It's highly unusual,” Hickey said Friday. “I'm hoping everything is OK with him and I'm sure MGM or the union will let [media] know when we hear something."

What's the latest news?

  • Despite Hickey's assertion that Campos visited the walk-in clinic, a spokesperson for the UMC Quick Care said that they'd "heard nothing" about Campos visiting their facility.
  • Hickey on Monday said, "We have had no contact with him ... Clearly, somebody knows where he is."
  • The Los Angeles Times on Sunday reported that a vehicle could be seen parked outside of the Campos residence. When asked what he was doing there, the man behind the wheel would only say that he had been hired to keep the media away from the Campos home. The man would not reveal who hired him.
  • Campos' neighbor doesn't know where he is. "He's a hero," Jaime Ruano said, "and nobody knows where he is."
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