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Marine reacts to deadly Las Vegas shooting

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A marine with ties to eastern Iowa tells his story of one of the most deadly mass shootings in modern American history.

Brian Joachim was in Las Vegas Oct. 1, when bullets started flying at country music fans.

He immediately tried helping concert-goers, but he got stuck in the chaos.

Brian was invited to the Jason Aldean concert that Sunday night in Vegas, and even though his friends and family he didn't go, Brian said he has mixed feelings about it.

"I didn't really take time to talk to anybody. I literally ran out so fast," Joachim said.

Joachim was on the 12th floor of Mandalay when a co-worker got an alert on their phone of an active shooter in the hotel, but instead of panicking, Joachim's Marine Corps training went to work.

So, he went downstairs to look for answers, but police directed everyone to get out.

"The police wouldn't allow us back into Mandalay. So, I had to just keep walking south," Joachim said.

Brian Joachim walked and consoled panicked people, and he couldn't even contact anyone until he charged his phone the next day, finally marking himself 'safe' on Facebook.

"The next day I was so tired. I was up for 30-plus hours. I still couldn't sleep, just because your mind is racing, just thinking," Brian said.

Brian has been thinking that the turnout could have been very different, "because, I was actually asked to go to the concert, and I turned it down. I do have mixed emotions. There's part of me that's like, wow, I'm glad I wasn't there. But, then the other part of me is like, if I was there, maybe I could have helped save somebody's life," Joachim said.

Brian was in Las Vegas for work that week, and he said if that Sunday wasn't the night he got to town, he probably would have gone to the concert instead.

Joachim returned to Chicago on Thursday.

The Waterloo native has lived in Illinois for the last five years.

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