A survivor of a mass shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California displayed intense pangs of “survivor’s guilt” after escaping the scene with his stepson.
Thirteen people are dead: 11 victims, a sergeant, and the suspect.
The video of his interview provoked a strong response from people on Twitter empathizing with the man.
In the video, the man regrets not stopping the shooter and is pained by the young age of the victims, but experts say survivor’s guilt is misplaced.
At 11:20 p.m. local time, a mass shooter approached the Borderline Bar and Grill, about 45 miles north-west of Los Angeles, and opened fire on staff and guests.
Police say the attack left 13 dead, including a deputy sheriff and the shooter as shots rang out during the bar’s popular college night.
According to reports, about 200 people were inside the bar enjoying country music when the attack happened.
One tearful eyewitness who was inside the bar with his stepson at the time spoke to KABC-TV shortly after. On Twitter, people have been responding to the interview, saying the man is clearly suffering from “survivor’s guilt.”
KABC-TV interview with eyewitness whose stepson was inside Borderline bar.
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“There was just young people, like young, 18, 19, 20, just having a great time,” he said. “And this maniac came in and started shooting people for no reason at all.
“These people have never hurt anybody in their lives. They’re just kids, they’re just kids, I’m so sorry.”
He apologized again, saying he was sorry he wasn’t there when the shooter reloaded. “I’m 56, I’ve lived a life,” the man later said.
“I waited for my son, he didn’t follow me like I asked him to. So I was running back to get him and he came out… She [his stepson’s mother] would have never forgiven me if he had gotten hurt or died.”
Clearly distressed and in shock, the man recounted how he made sure his stepson was okay, then called 911.
“We had to get out of there and I apologize for leaving you,” he said.
The reporter in the video replied: “You don’t need to. Police got there within moments.”
But the man said: “It still feels like I didn’t do what I should’ve done.”
On Twitter, people commended the man’s bravery. “Hearing him apologize and feeling guilty for running …read more
Source:: Business Insider