Jeff Steffens, 31, was in Las Vegas watching the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with his girlfriend, Brittany Poling, and another couple when a gunman opened fire on the crowd. As he and his friends desperately fled, Steffens narrowly escaped death: a bullet grazed him, leaving a hole in his shirt. Here is his story as told to the Herald’s Chris Villani:
At first it sounded like someone threw off some firecrackers that kind of sounded like guns but they were kind of sporadic, everyone thought it was a really bad joke. After maybe 10 bangs, it sounded like a fully automatic weapon.
There was a fence in the middle for cameras, we ducked for cover and started making our way toward that. At one point, we got down and I thought I got shot with a rubber bullet. Later, when we got to our room, I realized I was grazed with a bullet and my tank top has a bullet hole through it.
I just kept hearing the gunshots. I looked up and saw flashes coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel. I saw a girl down with a puddle of blood around her and her boyfriend or husband hugging her. …
We were right in the open. … We got to the fence and I threw my girlfriend over. Another girl begged me to help her, so I grabbed her and threw her over. I hopped the fence … and just started running towards the gate. I just kept hearing gunshots the whole time.
We got back to the hotel and couldn’t sleep, so around 2 or 3 a.m. we just packed up and drove back to L.A.