An Iraq War Veteran claims he told police where the gunfire was coming from within minutes, but it took them over an hour to enter the shooter's room.
Las Vegas, NV — The response time of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department during a recent mass shooting has been called into question by an Iraq War Veteran who claims he told police exactly where the suspect, Stephen Paddock, was firing on concertgoers, which was above his room in the Mandalay Bay casino.
Chris Bethel told reporters he was staying in a room just a few floors below Paddock and notified police to the mass murderer's precise location. Now, Bethel is demanding an answer to the question as to why it took the LVMPD Swat team 1 hour and 12 minutes to penetrate Paddock's room to neutralize the threat.
According to a timeline produced by the DailyMail, the first reports of gunfire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival came in at 10:08 p.m. Bethel claimed he called the police to let them know from which floor and room the shooter was firing from. He is now miffed with incredulity that it took police 72 minutes to enter the room, only to find that Paddock had reportedly taken his life.
"It felt like it took them too long to get over there, to take him out…to get him. And it's actually eating me up inside," Bethel said.
Recognizing the types of weapons being used, and the presence of explosives, Bethel described what he heard:
"I could just hear gunshots, continuously. Just full automatic," Bethel said. "There were explosions going off. It was like a bomb just went off man. And then there were more gunshots."
Bethel said he called the front desk to tell them where the shooter was firing from but no one answered the phone. All the while, he could hear the shooter changing calibers and weapons as well.