Following the Las Vegas shootings on Oct. 1, the deadliest in United States history, Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer took to social media to blast Dan Bilzerian, a social media personality, former poker player and Navy SEAL training washout who uploaded a video to Snapchat showing himself fleeing the scene.
Bilzerian — a self-styled “King of Instagram” best known for his braggadocio, displays of fitness, and legal problems arising from an incident in which he threw a nude woman off a building and broke her foot — found himself in a terrifying and unscripted moment as gunfire erupted around him at the the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Las Vegas’ strip Sunday night.
The Snapchat video, uploaded to Bilzerian’s account in the wake of the attack, shows the social media celebrity running from the concert site, the Daily Mail reports.
Dan Bilzerian says he went to get a gun after seeing a girl get 'shot in the head' at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/EyiEWqlOdo
Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for risking life and limb to evacuate fallen coalition and Afghan soldiers during a Taliban ambush on Sept. 8, 2009, in Afghanistan, took to Instagram on Oct. 2 with a withering response to Bilzerian’s post:
A post shared by Dakota Meyer (@dakotameyer0317) on
While it's tough to say who is or isn't qualified to dictate how Bilzerian should have handled himself during a mass shooting, it's hard to feel much sympathy for a professed "operator" who decided to live-blog a tragedy for posterity’s sake.
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The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.