Guy chugs beer while giving the Vegas gunman the middle finger
On Sunday evening in Las Vegas, tragedy struck. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Nevada, committed unthinkable acts of murder and violence when he killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 others in a terror attack.
The onslaught began after 10pm local time, during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival where over 22,000 people were in attendance. Chaos ensued as Paddock, armed with at least 17 guns, shot into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the road. Images from the night show concertgoers fleeing the site, taking cover, and attempting to protect the wounded.
It was, by anybody's definition, a scene of pure terror.
Amongst all the fear and panic, however, one man stood out. While everyone around him laid on the ground, an as of yet unidentified man remained standing, and - in true American spirit - flipped the bird at the terrorist, all the while chugging from a a 25-ounce Bud Light tallboy. Though other people repeatedly told him to stay down, he defiantly stayed on his feet.
You can see him stand up about a minute into this video. Be warned, though, it does contain some distressing images:
According to eyewitness accounts, a woman was shot just 30 feet away from the beer-swigging rebel - but that didn't deter him. Here's another clip of him from a different angle:
Since the shooting, more information about Stephen Paddock has come to light.
It transpires that the terror attacker was a multi-millionaire property investor who, as far as anyone could tell, didn't seem to be having money problems at all - though he was known to be a gambler. He was twice-divorced, held a hunting license, owned two planes, and didn't have a criminal record. By all accounts, he seemed a fairly average man.
Speaking to reporters, Paddock's brother Eric insisted that Stephen was "just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell", and that "there's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this."
After the so-called Islamic state tried to claim accountability for the attack, Eric was adamant that Stephen had, "No affiliation, no religion, no politics", and that something must have simply 'snapped'.
However, another account from a neighbour of Paddock's described the man as 'weird'. She went on to say that he, "Kept to himself. It was like living next to nothing. You can at least be grumpy, something. He was just nothing, quiet."
It's also been mentioned by various sources - including Paddock's brother - that Marilou Danley, who was originally wanted in connection with the attack, was Stephen's girlfriend. She has not yet offered a comment.
As part of a public address, President Trump had this to say on the matter:
'The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops. I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for all of their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many.'
The events that played out on Sunday evening were undeniably horrific for all those involved, and, as the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the world is unlikely to forget about it any time soon. However, I hope we also remember the one guy who was brave (or perhaps stupid) enough to stand up for what he believed in: defiance in the face of terror, freedom to do as he pleases, and, of course, the importance of an ice cold beer.