Dan Bilzerian, the so-called “King of Instagram,” could be seen in a YouTube video asking Las Vegas police officers to hand him a gun as the Las Vegas shooter sprayed bullets at victims.
In a YouTube video, Bilzerian—who sports a significant social media following of 22 million—goes up to a police officer and asks for a gun.
“Give me a gun!” he yells. The cop then yells back, “No, get the [expletive] away from me right now.”
“I don’t care!” the officer added. “You know better than that.”
Bilzerian, who is seen showing off weapons on his Instagram, has been pilloried on social media for allegedly fleeing the massacre and filming it. He said in a profanity-laden clip that he just saw a woman get shot in the head. “This is so [expletive] crazy,” he added.
Speaking with People, Bilzerian said the gunshots “sounded like firecrackers.”
Bilzerian said that he got into a van and took an injured woman to the hospital.
“I don’t know the extent of her injuries,” he told People. “She could barely talk.”
“I was pretty calm, all things considered, but I definitely ran to safety,” Bilzerian added to People.
Later that morning, he made a tweet about the incident, tweeting a picture of him holding a tarp over a body.
Shooting drones, because it's Sunday and this is America pic.twitter.com/eTlRiRyLJe
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) July 13, 2015
He was slammed on Instagram by Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for risking his life to evacuate fallen coalition soldiers in Afghanistan in 2009.
This is why children shouldn't classify heroes by their followers or their photos. @danbilzerian this is what kills me about people like you. Always playing "operator dress up" and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that's not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone your not. People are dying, you're running away not helping them and pretending it's worthy of a video is disgusting.
“This is why children shouldn’t classify heroes by their followers or their photos,” Meyer wrote.
“Always playing ‘operator dress up’ and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that’s not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone your not. People are dying, you’re running away not helping them and pretending it’s worthy of a video is disgusting,” he added.
Then, the Washington Post piled on with an article titled, “What a macho, gun-packing Instagram star did when he was caught in the Las Vegas shooting.” The Post article was also blasted for being insensitive by some critics.