Remember also that you had to be there.
I've seen a person die in front of me, sometimes you just to stiff, it's the time between the fight or flight, it's the brain's gears stuck, many of the people were probably stuck there. Also remember its like a drowning person, you try to help them and in their panic they pull you down with them, reaching out to someone stuck in a hole they might do the same thing, I want to be a hero and saver of lives, but I'm not going to risk dying either.
It's a hard choice compounded by that stuck between choices thing a brain often has in a situation like that.
As far as the photographer, who knows, but you're trained as a photojournalist to shoot first... That's your habit, it's hard to break that when reality happens.
The Noteworthy Ones - Mamiya: 7 II, RZ67 Pro II / Canon: 1V, AE-1 / Kodak: No 1 Pocket Autographic, No 1A Pocket Autographic
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