A Missouri man and a Kansas couple were in Las Vegas on Sunday night when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 50 people and injuring at least 400.
The massacre is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed himself during a standoff with police.
KMOV.com of St. Louis reports that Kent Sisco, from Piedmont, in southeast Missouri, was at the country music concert outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when he heard what he thought were gunshots around 10 p.m.
“We [heard] the pop, pop,” said Sisco. “I turned around and said, ‘What’s that?’ and my girlfriend said, ‘I think it’s fireworks,’ and I asked, ‘Why would they do fireworks in the middle of the song?’ About that time it really opened up, it was very distinguishable automatic gunfire. She turned around … and she just said ‘run!’ ”
A southwest Kansas couple were also in Las Vegas during the massacre.
KSNW’s Amanda Aguilar spoke to Alejandro Ruiz, who said he and his wife were safe in their hotel room at the Hilton Grand just a few miles north of Mandalay Bay.
The Ruiz family is in Vegas for vacation. They were sightseeing and went back to their hotel room to take a break before heading back out onto the Strip for the night.