In an unimaginable scene at a music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas, at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
The suspected shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, is dead, while surviving victims and witnesses to the carnage are beginning to share their stories.
These are some of the accounts from the tragedy, ranging from horror to heroism:
‘It just didn’t sound right’
An person among the crowd of more than 22,000 during a Jason Aldean concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival told CNN, like many at the show, at she believed the shots sounded like “firecrackers,” but quickly people realized they were gunshots. The witness said she could hear the shots start and stop, like the shooter was changing weapons.
“My boyfriend had me hide behind a building, because it just didn’t sound right. We hid behind the building because it just didn’t sound right. About 10 minutes later the police came and then blocked off all the streets. Just very overwhelming and very scary.”
Man loads bodies into truck: ‘I don’t know if they were dead or not’
A man talked to a Fox News reporter at the scene. He stayed in the concert venue behind a table until people cleared and SWAT arrived.
“There were a couple bodies there, and (I) started loading them into a truck. … I don’t know if they were dead or not. One of them looked like she was probably dead. The other two, I’m not sure.”
‘One guy ended up dying in my arms’
Talking with a reporter from ABC News, a man described his friend saying “I just got hit” and was hit three times. People dived for the ground as chaos erupted. he said they hid under the stage before getting him over a fence and getting four people in his truck. They found an ambulance, but one of the victims “ending up dying in my arms, because he was bleeding.” Three more people got in the ambulance, but his friend survived.
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