Iraq war vet wants to know why SWAT stood 24 min outside shooter’s door, it took 72 min to stop shooter

What took police more than an hour to take out Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock on Sunday when they knew where he was?

That is the question being posed by Iraq war veteran Chris Bethel, who was staying a couple of floors below Paddock, and alerted authorities to his location.

“It felt like it took them too long to get over there, to take him out,” Bethel told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “To get him. And it’s actually eating me up inside.”

It took 72 minutes from the first report of gunfire made to police until authorities broke into Paddock’s room and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Daily Mail reported.

The delay to take out Paddock included 24 minutes where SWAT teams were armed and ready outside of his hotel room door but waited, according to the Mail.

“I could just hear the gunshots, continuously. Just full automatic,” Bethel said. “There was explosions going off. It was like a bomb just went off man. And then there were more gunshots.”

“Changing weapons, changing calibers,” he said. “You can hear the difference in the gunshots of the different rifles that he is shooting.”

Bethel looked out his window to see if he could spot a reflection of the muzzle flash to help locate the shooter. Then he called authorities to tell them what he knew.

The veteran, who was in Las Vegas for an IT conference, watched police respond to the wrong location and called to direct them.

Authorities have praised Bethel for helping them find Paddock, who killed 59 people and injured more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. But for Bethel it is not enough.

“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,” he told CBS. “I just need to go home. That’s my thing. I need to go home to my family and just process all of this.”

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