Nearly a month later, the investigation into the Las Vegas massacre — the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which claimed the lives of nearly 60 victims and injured nearly 500 people — is raising more questions than it can answer.
A Fox News report Wednesday night raised even more questions — this time, all revolving around Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who has been lauded as a hero throughout the investigation. Campos was shot in the leg by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock and has been celebrated for helping to bring an end to the attack.
What was in the report?
According to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, new information revealed that Campos — who inexplicably vanished minutes before giving interviews about the shooting, only to resurface days later on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — left the U.S. just days after gunman Stephen Paddock took American lives at the Route 91 Music Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 and went to Mexico.
Customs and Border Patrol documents, which Fox stated were obtained through a confidential source, alleged that Campos returned to the U.S. one week after the Las Vegas attack.
“The document does not reveal how long Campos had been in Mexico,” Carlson said.
Neither the report nor the documents specified precisely how many days after the attack Campos left the U.S. to go to Mexico, but did specify that Campos was traveling in a rental car.
According to the union that represents Campos, they were aware of a Mexico trip and said it was a pre-planned visit.
Fox News’ sources added that Campos also visited Mexico in January and returned to the U.S. through the same San Ysidro, California, border entry point. Campos was traveling in his own vehicle on that trip.
The report also said that Campos is not a registered security guard with Nevada’s Private Investigator’s Licensing Board. When Fox News contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Department to find out what requirements are necessary to be a guard at Mandalay Bay, the department “refused to tell [the producer] what is needed,” and noted that they do not discuss details of victims.
“Jesus Campos is a victim and we don’t speak about victims,” a sheriff’s spokesperson reportedly said.
What kind of questions does this raise?
This new information begs the question of why law enforcement would allow Campos — a figure heavily enmeshed in the Las Vegas shooting timeline — to leave the country during an active investigation.
The new information also begs the question of how Campos could have comfortably traveled from the U.S. to Mexico after reportedly being shot in the leg by Paddock. To note, Campos’ appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was assisted by a cane. The trip from Las Vegas to San Ysidro alone is over five hours in travel time. Carlson did not specify whether Campos was driving, or whether he was a passenger, or if he was even traveling alone.