Dan Bilzerian has no qualms about sharing his lavish and controversial life online. The 36-year-old, who refers to himself as the ‘Instagram King’, uses the app to flaunt his Playboy lifestyle which involves girls, guns, luxury cars and, obviously, cash.
His 22 million followers try to live vicariously through the professional poker player. However, last night, they were left horrified when their hero was caught up in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, which he shared briefly via his Instagram story. The controversial star, who attempted to run for President of the United States during the 2016 election, before bailing out and endorsing Donald Trump, filmed himself as he fled from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In the background of the grainy footage, the sound of rapid gunfire and screams of panic can be clearly heard from those in the doomed festival. “Holy f*** this girl just got shot in the f***king head,” Bilzerian shouted as he dashed for cover. As the six second clip ends, Bilzerian shouted “so f***king crazy” as he ran from the scene. Panicked fans were left concerned for the safety of the star, who reportedly experienced three heart attacks before the age of 32 due to his heavy drug abuse. As armed police flooded the scene, Bilzerian, an avid shooter, updated his Instagram story again… “I went to go grab a gun,” Bilzerian said. “I’m headed back. F***king so crazy, some kinda mass shooting, f***king guy with a heavy calibre weapon for sure. Saw a girl f***king get shot in the face right next to me, her brains f***king hanging out. Stupid ass me didn’t bring a gun.” There has been no update from the Instagram star since. However, his plan to head back to the scene with his own weapon was unnecessary, as the suspect was confirmed dead at 11:58pm by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“There was a shooter on 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. Officers engaged the suspect at that location. He is dead. He has been identified. He is a local resident. I will not release his name at this time. We are confident that the primary aggressor in this event has expired, or passed away and is no longer a threat.”
During a press conference Sheriff Lombardo said:
“We have well in excess of 100 plus injured and excess of 20 plus that have died. I have two police officers who are currently at the hospital, one in critical condition and the other minor injuries. There were other police officers that were off duty attending the concert that have expired. We don’t have those individuals identified at this point.”
Bilzerian has yet to provide any further updates on himself or the traumatic incident he experienced. However, his fans have been quick to comment on the Instagram King’s reaction to the shooting. One commentator wrote, “Fake he just wants public attention.” Another chimed, “How pathetic to use this as a way to ‘look cool’ and get attention.” ABC have the latest news on the incident: Investigations continue into the mass shooting are ongoing. The main question in everyone’s minds is this – what was the suspect’s motive? We wish all those affected a swift recovery and send our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.
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