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The streets between Mandalay Bay and Sunrise Hospital, a nearby medical center, saw ambulances in going back and forth between the scene for several hours, writes Daniel Hernandez in Las Vegas.
Police shut down the south end of the strip corridor, displacing hundreds of tourists. Many of those who ran from the shooter sought refuge in budget motels, parking garages, and apartment complexes near the event. At a gas station across the street, survivors reunited with friends. Some were teary eyed, still shaking with fear.
Jackie Hoffing, a Las Vegas native, said: “We were there enjoying our time and it was very obvious it was gunfire coming down into the crowd. It was hysteria. There were people trampled. I ran and I jumped walls and I was only with my husband. He stayed with me. We jumped walls, climbed cars, ran for our lives. I’ve never run that hard or been that scared in my whole life.”
Hoffing added: “We’ve been in the motel. We knocked on a random door and went in there and hid in the bathroom for the past two and a half hours. We stopped in the lobby and thought were safe then they came in and said the suspect is here, everybody has to run. It was another stamped. It was more panic than reality. I was texting my children, I thought we were going to die. I told them I love you.”
Krista Metz said: “I’m still shaking. Every time I start thinking about it I start shaking again. We took shelter in a condo with like 30 other people.”
Desiree Price, from San Diego, said: “I helped someone who was bleeding. (Her shirt and trousers are smeared with blood) Two girls hid behind a car with us right outside the concert. One girl was shot in her leg, the other had in her shoulder. It didn’t stop so we all ran – we kept going.”
Emily Anderson, 35 from San Diego, said: “I saw a lady get hit in the leg and her boyfriend dragging her out, and everyone was running. It was chaos.”