Marine Corps combat veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has called out social media star and Navy veteran Dan Bilzerian for running away from those who needed help during the Las Vegas shooting late Sunday night, and also for filming himself running away and using that footage to garner followers.
“Dan Bilzerian is a coward, and he thinks it’s video-worthy,” Meyer said in a Facebook video he posted Monday. “Are you kidding me?”
“To video himself passing someone [who got shot in the head] – either he’s a liar and looking for followers or a coward,” Meyer said.
However, Bilzerian’s followers are hitting back that Bilzerian was running to grab his gun and that he did return to the scene to help, which was captured in various photos and videos. Bilzerian’s followers also point out that Bilzerian flew his own helicopter into Houston after Hurricane Harvey to help people.
Bilzerian posted several videos to Snapchat that chronicled his experience at the country music festival on Sunday night, where he was backstage when a gunman went on a shooting spree with automatic weapons and killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The country music festival was across from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the festival when the gunfire erupted.
In his video clips, Bilzerian can be seen running away from the stage while bullets are heard flying. He says he just saw a woman get shot in the face “right next to me,” and that her “brains were hanging out.”
It was reported that Bilzerian left the scene and took another victim to the hospital, and then came back to help police on-scene.
“I don’t know the extent of her injuries. She could barely talk,” Bilzerian told PEOPLE Magazine.
“I don’t think it was heroic at all,” Bilzerian told PEOPLE, of going back to the scene. “I just wanted to do the right thing.”
Meyer said the shooting – the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – coupled with Bilzerian’s videos, made him “sick.”
“We look at peoples’ followers, we look at how cool their life looks on Instagram and we start looking up to them,” Meyer said in the beginning of his video, explaining that he, too, used to look up to Bilzerian and got “caught up” in the hype.
Later in the video, Meyer added: “Listen, I wouldn’t be upset with him if he wasn’t always trying to talk around and play operator,” saying that it was “part of the problem.”
“He would rather [take a] video than do what’s right,” Meyer added.
He often posts photos of himself surrounded by women.
He also posts photos of his celebrity friends, and recently posted a picture of himself and former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.
And Bilzerian often posts himself on exotic adventures that appear to be part of a typical “day in the life.”
Some Twitter users were commending him for taking action and helping at the scene, calling him “MVP material” and “a living superhero.”
Bilzerian also tweeted at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, offering up video footage he shot on-scene.
He wrote: You can see gun fire from one of the lower hotel room windows in this video. Let me know if you need a higher resolution one.”