Several Metro Detroiters at Las Vegas festival during mass shooting
Several Metro Detroiters have reached out to Local 4, saying they were at the festival in Las Vegas during the mass shooting.
A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing at least 50 people, including two off-duty police officers, and wounding more than 200, officials said early Monday.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Will Conway of Grosse Pointe
Will Conway, of Grosse Pointe, described the moments after the shooting.
"We were up on a bridge and noticed there was a dead body laying on the street in front of us covered in a sheet ... the next thing you know, all the first responders over there were all taking cover and we didn't know where the shots were coming from," he said.
Conway was not injured in the shooting.
Gerri Blue of Detroit
A Detroit woman, Gerri Blue, and her family were staying at the Tropicana hotel for a work conference when she heard the gunshots. At first she thought it was just fireworks but police in the area she was in at the time of the shooting told everyone to get back and run.
"We were outside trying to figure out where the concert was," she said. "I literally saw someone get stepped on five or six times and it was just chaos. We got back to the hotel and they put us on lockdown."
Gerri’s sisters are staying in the New York New York hotel. Thankfully they are OK as well.
“(I was) fearing for my life. We didn’t know what was going on! We just started running! We started seeing people running! You’re in a big crowd and you turn around and some people are running and some are just standing there and when you turn around they are falling and when they fall people just keep running and they’re stepping on people. It was something horrific that I have never seen before and I feared and was running for my life.”
Gerri Blue, and her sisters Christine Blue, Dorothy Blue, niece Krystal Hicks and Alese Hill and Delphine Jackson are all okay and expected back in Detroit later this week.
Ken Baxter of Detroit
Ken Baxter, of Detroit, was with his wife in Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding. They were at the airport when the reports started coming in and soon after all flights at McCarran International Airport.
Baxter said they were boarding when the announcement came and they waited about two hours before they took off for DTW.
“Every time you check it, that number goes up,” Baxter said. “It’s just a horrible thing that happened.”
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