Soap star sur­vives shootout

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ by ED GLEAVE

AN EastEn­ders ac­tor was close to the scene when Stephen Pad­dock opened fire in Las Ve­gas last Sun­day.

Sha­heen Ja­fargholi,

20, who joined EastEn­ders as Shakil Kazemi last year, was at the Wynn ho­tel at the time of the mas­sacre.

It is just a short walk from the Man­dalay Bay Re­sort and Casino where hun­dreds of con­cert-go­ers were killed in the worst shoot­ing in US his­tory.

Pals and fans of TV ac­tor Sha­heen feared he had been a vic­tim of the at­tack, which also left hun­dreds in­jured. They knew he was in the city be­cause he and for­mer co-star Amy Leigh Hick­man,

20, had posted about the trip on so­cial me­dia.

One con­cerned fan mes­saged him and asked: “Are you okay.”

An­other said: “Pray­ing @AmyLHick­man @sha­heenof­fi­cial and ev­ery­one else in Las Ve­gas is okay.”

While one wrote: “Are you OK bro?”

Sha­heen tweeted in the wake of the mas­sacre and as­sured his tens of thou­sands of fol­low­ers he was safe.

He said: “Thanks for all your kind mes­sages of con­cern… we are all good in Ve­gas.

“My prayers to the peo­ple who are not.”

Co-star Bon­nie Lang­ford, 53, who plays Carmel Kazemi, was among those to re­ply to his mes­sage.

Swansea-born Sha­heen and pal Amy, who starred in the BBC soap as Linzi Bragg, stayed on in Ve­gas in the days af­ter the at­tack.

SCARE: Sha­heen

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