Bellingham-area man dived under bleachers to avoid gunfire at Las Vegas concert

“Jason Aldean was playing. It was a beautiful night. Then all hell breaks loose,” said Jeff Bannerman, who was with a group of friends at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when gunfire tore through the crowd.

Nine friends from the Bellingham area narrowly escaped the gunfire that sprayed over the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Jeff Bannerman, of Ferndale, Whatcom County, who took cover with his wife beneath concert bleachers, said no one in their group was seriously hurt.

Bannerman said the mood Sunday night was festive and “everybody was having a great time” before gunfire tore into the crowd.

“Jason Aldean was playing. It was a beautiful night,” he said. “Then all hell breaks loose.”

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At first, it sounded like firecrackers, he said.

“Well, it wasn’t firecrackers, it was some sort of assault rifle,” he said. “It was so fast.”

He took cover with his wife, Deanna, beneath some bleachers. A police officer dived underneath the bleachers near them, he said, along with a gunshot victim.

“We were underneath the bleachers for 20 to 25 minutes,” Bannerman said. “There was human matter and blood all over the ground.”

He called his children, who are 20 and 22 years old, from beneath the bleachers.

“My wife and I had to say goodbye to my kids,” Bannerman said. “Oh my god. My wife’s just beside herself. You tell your kids you love them, take care of yourself and your sister — what parent wants to do that?”

During a break in the gunfire, Bannerman and his wife fled the concert ground.

“We were running and I see these people laying out in the middle [of the concert area],” Bannerman said.

He attempted CPR on a woman.

“This guy comes up to me and says, ‘Dude, don’t waste your time, she’s gone.’ And I said, ‘I can’t leave her.’ I had to just walk away and I left her there,”…

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