Iraq War veteran two floors below Las Vegas gunman heard gunfire, helped police find shooter

An Iraq War veteran staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas heard gunshots ringing out nearby late Sunday, and helped alert authorities to the location of the gunman.

Chris Bethel heard a barrage of gunfire, now known to be 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shooting down from the 32nd floor of the hotel at a crowded music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday evening.

"I could just hear the gunshots. Continuously. Just full automatic," Bethel told KTVT. "There's explosions going off. It was like, a bomb just went off, man. And then there were more gunshots."

"The walls and windows were vibrating. You could feel kind of the compression, the sound. It was just...." Bethel said, desribing the shooting to WFOR-TV. "I seriously thought he was next door."

Convinced the gunman was nearby, Bethel called police and hotel security. Bethel said police called him back 10 minutes later to say they found the gunman in Room 135, just two floors above where he was staying.

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