As we process the horrific shootings in Las Vegas on Monday, stories of unique and inspiring heroism continue to emerge. Take the example of Chris Bethel, an Iraq War veteran who played a key role in locating killer Stephen Paddock on Sunday night.
Bethel was in Vegas for an IT conference, and his room at Mandalay Bay was two floors below Paddock’s. The minute shots rang out, Bethel knew something was terribly wrong, and he phoned police.
“I could just hear the gun shots. Continuously. Just full automatic. There’s explosions going off. It was like, a bomb just went off man. And then there were more gun shots,” Bethel said, according to KTVT-TV.
There was no bomb, other than the explosive device police used to blast through the shooter’s hotel room door, but there were gunshots — hundreds of them. Hundreds of feet below, Bethel said he just saw “everybody running.”
“I kept looking at the windows to see if I could see any kind of muzzle flash to see if I could see where the shooter was. I crouched by my front door. In hopes that I might get the opportunity to see the shooter if he ran by and I could identify him,” Bethel said.
Ten minutes after Bethel made his call to police, he received a call from authorities letting him know that they had located the shooter. In typical fashion for a humble hero, Bethel wished he could have done more to stop the sensless, tragic violence.
“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. It’s actually eating me up inside,” Bethel told KTVT.
Hats off to you, Chris Bethel. “Thank you” doesn’t seem like a sufficient enough sentiment.