Iraq War Vet Gave Exact Location of Vegas Shooter—Says Police Took Over an Hour to Respond

By Jack Burns

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 Daily Mail, 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.

“Seconds are going by, minutes are going by, the rounds are continuously going,” Bethel said. “Changing weapons, changing calibers, you can hear the difference in the gunshots.”

He told reporters as he watched the police attempt to locate the shooter’s room, he noticed they were going in the wrong direction. Eventually, he was able to get someone on the phone to tell them, “He’s not over there. He’s over here!”

The first look into the officers’ view during the shooting was revealed after Body Camera footage was released on Tuesday, showing the sheer chaos and terror at the scene as they searched for the shooter.

According to the Daily Mail’s timeline, LVMPD admitted they knew of Paddock’s exact location at 10:24 p.m., but they delayed in storming the room and taking out the suspect. It was not until 11:21 p.m. that the SWAT team used explosives to blow their way into the room, only to find Paddock reportedly deceased from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Bethel said he is filled with regret about the fact that it took LVMPD over an hour to get inside the room.

“I feel like I didn’t do enough,” he told CBS DFW. “I feel like I couldn’t get a hold of somebody quick enough to let them know. And it felt like it took them too long to get over there, to take him out.”

In all, 59 people were killed and 527 injured in the attack now known as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. But LVMPD has not always been so slow to respond to reports of armed and dangerous individuals.

In 2010, LVMPD officers were called to the Costco in Sumerlin because concealed carry permit holder and West Point graduate Erik Scott had been seen carrying a concealed handgun in his waistband. It took LVMPD less than 15 minutes from when they received the call from Costco security until they arrived on scene.

After they confronted Scott at the entrance to the Costco, they shot and killed the man many said was attempting to comply with their commands. Not only was he not brandishing a weapon and not firing upon innocent shoppers, but he had his arms raised above his head when he was struck by officers’ bullets with one piercing his heart.

The fact that the LVMPD was so quick to respond to the call to a local warehouse club where a man was threatening no one and yet, were so slow to take action while an active shooter was mowing down hundreds of partygoers, has not gone unnoticed.

While the gun grabbers are quick to push their unconstitutional initiatives to take away the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, some criticism should be reserved for a police department that arguably dragged its feet. According to Bethel, they could have truly saved lives by responding much sooner and taking action immediately after they were given the location where Paddock was firing from.

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Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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14 Comments on "Iraq War Vet Gave Exact Location of Vegas Shooter—Says Police Took Over an Hour to Respond"

  1. Good on him…..Took em so long cause they were probably busy accessorizing? Thats a whole lotta battle rattle to paste onto oneself inna hurry…”Hey Bill?-The green knee pads or the black?”

    It took a long time because it was meant to take a long time judging by the response time, isnt an LVPD precinct right across the street?….Vegas blocks are big MoFo’s though I guess?

    • comic relief in a crazzzzy world

    • After it was determined that police are NOT constitutionally required to protect the public there is little incentive to do so and thus no one who actually looks out for us citizens. Rather than risk their lives or being served a lawsuit instead they are only there for clean up and picking up the pieces after all is said and done.

  2. See how ” news” down plays ” it took too long ” focusing on the drama why , to protect the official narrative cause they NEVER challenge the police or gov narrative .

    Useless lapdogs …

  3. sounds like conspiracy theories to me! honestly, there are people in the world who do crazy things …

  4. One more piece of evidence that it was a ‘false flag’ operation by the Deep State, to ramp up our police security state and crack down on guns.

  5. sounds like limited hangout. was there a tv show he had to record instead of stopping the shooter?

  6. It bothers me to say this, but it has been apparent for some time now the most important number to police departments is zero. As in zero cops killed. Even if they could have saved 50 lives, one cop getting killed in the line of duty is too much to ask. The militarization of the police departments is not being done to protect citizens, it’s to protect them.

  7. LVMPD substation was across the street.
    Stop government sponsored GangStalking.
    Corrupt agencies are using military grade RF weapons on innocent civilians.
    DEW’s maim, torture and slow kill covertly.

  8. I do believe that the fact Bethel said the police were going in the wrong direction would support witnesses on the ground about the shooting over at the Bellagio, and Vdara where the lobby was evacuated.

  9. What about the other machine gun teams?

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