As of now, at least 58 people are reported dead and another 515 injured after a gunman opened fire during a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip yesterday. Though the victims have not yet been confirmed, accounts from those who survived the shooting have been pouring in.
“Jason Aldean was playing and it sounded like some fireworks going off. All of a sudden, [after the first volley] the second volley and my buddy was like ‘I got hit.’ He got hit three times and then people started diving toward the ground and it just continued. It was pretty chaotic, lots of people got hit, lots of people were getting — it took awhile to get him out. We had to get him over the fence, and [we were] hiding under the stage for a while to be safe. Finally [we] had to move him because he had three chest wounds— and [we] got him out here [with four other people] in the back of a truck. But then [we] got turned around because [of the] active shooter, so we couldn’t go down the street [because of the police cordon]. We finally got an ambulance right across the street here and we got two of the guys in. Basically, the one guy ended up dying in my arms because he was bleeding.” — a concert-goer told ABC News.
"People just started dropping around us and everybody tried to stay down. Every time a group would get up to try to run away, they'd just start shooting again. They were getting closer and people were going, 'There's someone shooting right there!' A lot of dead bodies, a lot of people were just piling on top of whoever even if they're bleeding or not. People holding people's wounds down. Girls were in shock and wouldn't even move." – a concert-goer told CBS (via ABC News).
"We're just all sitting there looking at each other thinking that we're gonna die. And a security guard got shot right in front of us. Another guy got shot right next to me. We just thought we were gonna die, so I called my mom, to be honest with you. I was just calling my mom to tell her that I loved her and goodbye." – a concert-goer told ABC News.
"We went there to see . He came on and [at] about 20 to 10, he sang about five songs and all of a sudden we heard about three or four little pop, pop, pops, and everybody looked around and said, 'Oh, it's just firecrackers.' And then we heard 'pop, pop, pop,' and it just kept going and going, and my husband said, "That's not firecrackers. That sounds like a semi-automatic rifle.' Then everybody started screaming and started to run. I looked over to my right where this girl had been standing right beside me, and she had fallen — first, she stood there and she grabbed her stomach and she looked at her hands and her hands were all bloody, and she was wearing a little crop top and blue jean shorts and cowboy boots, and she looked at her hands and her hands were bloody, and she just kind of screamed and she just fell back." – Gail Davis told CBS.
"My husband and I ran out toward our car, and there were people hiding underneath my car for cover. There was a gentleman who was shot and he said, 'Can you help me?' And so I put him in my car. I had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away." – a concert-goer told CNN affiliate KLAS.
"Thankfully we were toward the back of everything and we just heard what we thought were fireworks. It took everybody a couple of seconds to realize it wasn't and that's when everybody just started yelling, 'Get down!' So I put the baby on the ground and got on top of her and when we heard a little break, we ran to the bleachers that were just behind us. I tried to tuck her as close to the end so she was protected as possible. Then we kind of realized that that maybe wasn't the best idea either, so we took off to the Tropicana Hotel, which was just next door and there was quite a crowd getting there." – Carly Krygier told CNN.
"We were trying to leave and when we were leaving we realized there were people everywhere that needed help and in stretchers – there was a girl in a wheelbarrow and she wasn’t moving. We didn’t know where the hospital was so we were like, 'Where do we go, where do we go,' and the ambulance told us to follow them to the hospital with the rest of the injured people. I’m surprised, I really am, that no one I know was injured – I thought for sure we were all going to die.” — concert-goer Lindsey Padgett told ABC News.
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“Everyone was literally just laying on top of each other trying to get out of the way and the shots just kept coming and so we were going down and when we got down, there was a man that was shot right there. They were trying to take him out and he was all bloody, he was unconscious, and one of my friends was helping him out and they got him out. We ran. Everybody [was] hiding everywhere.” —a concert-goer told CNN.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.