Weeks have passed since Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock conducted the deadliest mass shooting in American history, and we are no closer to understanding his motivations for the crime.
Paddock, a retired millionaire real estate investor and proficient gambler, checked into his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in late September, enjoying a week of gaming and carousing before unleashing a hellish barrage of over 600 rounds into a crowd of conservative, country music fans who were enjoying a performance by Jason Aldean.
The timeline of the attack itself has been adjusted several times over the course of the investigation, leading to mass confusion among American armchair investigators who are hoping to crack the case of Paddock’s motive. Furthermore, the deranged killer left no note, no manifesto, and no clues as to his intentions before he lost his life in that hotel suite.
At one point, hopes for clarification rested on the shoulders of Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who first encountered Paddock and was injured by a bullet from the madman before SWAT teams arrived. The only problem is that Campos has become a ghost in recent days, ditching the press with whom he had previously arranged to meet with, and, for all intents and purposes, disappearing off the face of the earth.
“The Mandalay Bay security guard who disappeared last week moments before he was scheduled to break his silence in television interviews has not been heard from since he went to a walk-in health clinic, his union president said.
“David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) told reporters Friday that he got a text the night before saying Jesus Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, though he did not specify where or whom the text came from.
“A spokesperson at the UMC Quick Care, which has eight locations throughout the Las Vegas area, told Fox News on Monday that they had ‘heard nothing’ about Campos visiting them.
“‘For the past four days he’s been preparing … we had a meeting with MGM officials, and after that meeting was over, we talked about the interviews, we went to a private area, and when we came out, Mr. Campos was gone,’ Hickey told reporters, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas.”
This latest development in the story of Campos has set the conspiracy corners of the internet ablaze with speculation as to what the security guard could be hiding, or what information he has that is being hidden by the omnipresent “powers that be”.
Meanwhile, the FBI and local authorities are continuing their investigation into the crimes committed by Paddock, hoping to uncover any clues that might lead them, and the victims, to closure.