Ve­gas ter­ror

Pair were ush­ered into ho­tel for cover as mu­sic fes­ti­val-go­ers came run­ning in cov­ered in blood

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A woman has de­scribed the mo­ment she had to flee from Las Ve­gas gun­man Stephen Pad­dock.

Donna McEwan was com­ing off a he­li­copter ride when the shoot­ing started.

The mas­sacre is the worst mass shoot­ing in Amer­i­can his­tory.

A Cam­bus­lang cou­ple have re­called the “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing“mo­ment they were caught up in the mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas on Sun­day night.

Donna McEwan and Gor­don McLean had just com­pleted a late night he­li­copter ride along the strip when they heard ma­chine gun fire com­ing from the Man­dalay Bay Ho­tel.

Stephen Pad­dock, 64, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the ho­tel to­wards the Route 91 open-air mu­sic fes­ti­val killing 59 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 527.

The pair had en­joyed a meal in the Man­dalay Bay just hours be­fore the tragedy.

Mother of three Donna said: “We got off our he­li­copter and heard ma­chine gun shots. We were about five min­utes walk away.

“We thought it was some­thing else and made jokes about it, but Gor­don looked up at the Man­dalay Bay and saw lights flash­ing from where the guns were be­ing fired. We all got ush­ered in­side and folk were run­ning in from the con­cert cov­ered in blood.

“We were put into a back room. Sud­denly the doors burst open and some­one shouted he’s got a gun. We were run­ning around look­ing for some­where to go.

“Gor­don kept calm and pushed me be­hind a shelf and was putting ta­bles in front of me. A girl was shot ly­ing on the floor and we had to step over her. A guy was pray­ing for every­one, every­one was call­ing fam­ily mem­bers telling them they love them. “It was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing. “It’s sur­real, it feels like we were in some so sort of hor­ror movie.”

Donna and Gor­don were evac­u­ated to a pri­vate air­port with armed guards and snif­fer dogs where a host of holiday mak­ers were locked in for their safety.

They re­mained there un­til po­lice were con­fi­dent that Pad­dock, who was shot, was act­ing alone; they re­turned to their ho­tel on the strip at 7am.

Donna added: “My­self and Gor­don had a ter­ri­ble night and can’t be­lieve we were so in­volved but we’ll dust our­selves down and en­joy the rest of our time as much as we can.”

Donna and Gor­don flew to Las Ve­gas for a week’s holiday on Septem­ber 28.

They checked into the MGM Grand Ho­tel, but have spent days and nights vis­it­ing the many sites along the strip.

Po­lice in Las Ve­gas con­tinue to search for a mo­tive be­hind the at­tack the big­gest mass shoot­ing in Amer­i­can his­tory.

A girl was shot ly­ing on the floor and we had to step over her. A guy was pray­ing

Pool­sideDonna McEwan and Gor­don McLean were en­joy­ing a holiday in Las Ve­gas be­fore the aw­ful tragedy struck

Las Ve­gas The pair en­joy a he­li­copter ride mo­ments be­fore the at­tack

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