An Iraq war veteran was in his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the October 1 massacre that left 59 people dead and over 500 injured. He has come forward with a shocking revelation about the attack, and this changes everything about what you previously heard.
According to Daily Mail, Chris Bethel, an Iraq war veteran who was in Las Vegas for an IT convention, was in his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino the night that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Bethel’s room was just a couple of floors beneath Paddock’s, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
During a recent interview with CBS, Bethel made a shocking revelation. Right after the shooting started, he called the police, the hotel across the street, and the Mandalay Bay front desk in a frantic attempt to tell someone exactly where the shooter was located.
Stephen Paddock’s room was not breached until 72 minutes after the first call was made to police. Bethel wants to know why it took over an hour to take Paddock down. Police received their first report of gunfire at the music festival at 10:08 p.m.
According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, Paddock’s room was not breached by Las Vegas SWAT officers until 72 minutes later. Bethel is asking why the first responding officers to Paddock’s room were not allowed to engage him.
The most concerning issue is that there appears to have been an unexplained 24-minute delay, between the time SWAT officers arrived at Paddock’s room and the moment they breached the door to find the suspect had already shot himself in the head at 11:21 p.m. It’s easy for people who were not present during the horrific attack to raise a bunch of “what ifs,” but Bethel was in the same hotel and wants to know why his frantic calls for help were met with delays.
“It felt like it took them too long to get over there, to take him out,” said Bethel. “And it’s actually eating me up inside. I could just hear the gunshots, continuously. Just full automatic,” Bethel told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “There was 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 at the Mandalay Bay, the hotel across the street, and the police to warn them that the shooter was just a couple of floors above him, but he says no one answered his calls. “Seconds are going by, minutes are going by, the rounds are continuously going,” he said. “Changing weapons, changing calibers, you can hear the difference in the gunshots,” Bethel added.
As Chris Bethel watched out his hotel window, he saw police going to the wrong location below. He said that he was eventually able to get ahold of someone to tell them, “He’s not over there, he’s over here.” The frustration Bethel felt in those moments is unimaginable. As this story unfolds, each answer just brings more questions.