Passengers returning to Dallas on Monday from Las Vegas described a chaotic scene during Sunday night’s mass shooting with people running for cover as rapid gunfire rang out from high above.
Garry Wolk and his wife Linda flew into North Texas out of Las Vegas. They still can't make sense of what they witnessed. They were at the concert in the VIP section when they first head a loud sound of glass breaking. The moments later, they heard gunfire coming from above them and behind them.
"We heard some popping sounds. It sounded like fireworks and, again, not taking much notice of it," Garry recalled. "It went quiet, and then we heard another round of popping sounds. And then someone said that it sounds like automatic fire. And from there, people started ducking. People out in the middle of the show started ducking down for cover and running out of the stadium."
Garry and Linda took cover under their seats. They feared if they ran they would become targets.
"We were obviously frightened not knowing what to do. People saying run. Other people saying just keep down," he said. "There were people lying in the road being attended to. There were police trying to find out where the shots were coming from. Other police were running at us with shotguns and rifles. My wife and I just started heading out toward the back street of the show."
Garry said his hands were still shaking. Linda was too upset to do an interview.
"We do figure ourselves lucky that we were able to get out especially after hearing how many were injured," he said.
Dallas resident Amy Santos recorded cell phone video of the incident. She and her friend, Diana George, were walking to the Mandalay Bay when gunfire erupted from the hotel's 32nd floor.
“All of a sudden, people started running towards us,” Santos said. “We just started running.”
Santos said it felt like the gunfire lasted for nearly ten minutes and said the suddenness of the attack was stunning.
George said they wound up hiding in the stairwell of the MGM Grand.
“There were people crying there were people running, just trying to get anywhere you could,” George said.
Noel Kaplonski and her friend, who were vacationing in Vegas, got caught up in the chaotic situation.
“We just jumped out of the cab,” Kaplonski said. “The cab didn't want us to be in the car anymore and we ran… ran with the crowd.”
Las Vegas resident Paul Burn was also on the flight to Dallas on Monday. He said the tension could still be felt on his flight.
“The flight attendant on my plane had been at the concert, the guy in front of me left his friend got shot in the groin he said,” Burn said. “Just as we were lifting [off] across from Mandalay Bay, where the concert was, it was nothing but police cars.”
All of the people who arrived in Dallas from Las Vegas said they're praying for everyone affected by the deadly shooting.
“It's nice to be home and nice to be back in Dallas. Everyone needs to rally around Las Vegas this could happen anywhere,” Kaplonski said.