Iraq Veteran Who Helped Police Raises Questions

Amid second thoughts about whether he could have helped more quickly the Iraq veteran wonders why police took so long.

Iraq veteran Chris Bethel does not sound like he is trying to criticize the police but Matt Drudge linked the story drawing attention to his statement that it “felt like it took them too long to take him out.” The Iraq veteran was in the same hotel and heard the shots being fired a couple of floors above him. He called the police and directed them towards the shooter.

His statement, reported by the local Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate, is made in the context of feeling trauma and perhaps survivor’s guilt.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and Bethel was right in the middle of it, albeit safe behind concrete walls.

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Bethel said he’s leaving Las Vegas — everyone is.

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“I feel like I didn’t do enough. 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. To get him. And it’s actually eating me up inside,” said Bethel. “I just need to go home. That’s my thing. I need to go home to my family. And just process all of this.”

Read the entire CBS story.

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