CNN’s legal team going after impostor CNN site after fake story runs of security guard being Paddock’s co-conspirator


When it comes to “fake news,” even CNN has its limits.

And apparently, pretending you’re CNN while running a made-up story about a Las Vegas security guard being arrested for complicity in Stephen Paddock’s brutal rampage is a bridge too far.

On Thursday, an article by a website called “CNN International” made the rounds by claiming that security guard Jesus Campos, who was wounded prior to the mass shooting, was actually a Paddock co-conspirator.

From the article, that is FAKE, which has since been taken down:

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Compos has been arrested accused of being an accomplice and second shooter in the Las Vegas massacre that claimed the lives of 59 people and injured more than 500.

Jesus Campos had originally been praised for his apparent heroics on October 1st, as he supposedly rushed to Paddock’s suite, was shot in the upper thigh through the door, and continued to help get people to safety despite his wounds. However, FBI officials involved in the investigation now believe he was an accomplice of Paddock’s, and was involved in the initial shooting as a second gunman from the other broken window in Paddock’s 32nd-floor room.

According to a senior FBI official, authorities became suspicions by the extreme amount of gunpowder residue found on Campos’ hands and inconsistencies in his timeline of events. “We believe he killed [the shooter], shot holes through the door and his own arm to produce physical evidence for his cover story, then went and lay next to the elevator,” the FBI official told CNN.

The website was created on Monday and registered with Go Daddy, and even featured CNN’s exact logo and a professional, ‘news-like’ layout.

The site is no longer operational, but that might also have something to do with the fact that CNN’s Legal Department is now looking into the matter, according to

LawNewz explains why the story gained traction:

This story might be gaining traction because authorities revised their initial timeline of the shooting, in which they say Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injuring over 500 a country music concert on Oct. 1. First, Clark County Sherffi Joe Lombardo “believed” that Paddock stopped the shooting from up on the Mandalay Bay because his cameras caught the security guard. In a revised timeline released Monday, Lombardo now says the guard was shot before the main shooting.

While the initial story was indeed fake, some are wondering whether or not there’s more than meets the eye to Campos, especially after he cancelled a scheduled Thursday evening interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

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