North-east pair had just ar­rived when shoot­ing rang out

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

An Aberdeen hol­i­day­maker has de­scribed how she hid in an air­con­di­tion­ing unit dur­ing the at­tack.

The woman, who did not want to be named, is stay­ing at the nearby Luxor Ho­tel with her part­ner.

The ho­tel is next door to the Man­dalay Bay es­tab­lish­ment where gun­man Stephen Pad­dock opened fire from.

She had ar­rived around an hour be­fore the at­tack and was get­ting some food from the ho­tel when the server be­hind the counter said the ho­tel was “on lock­down”.

She said: “I went to ex­plain to my part­ner there’s a shooter.

“Fire­crack­ers (gun shots) started go­ing off.

“We ran in be­hind to the kitchen area and these two guys bar­ri­caded the doors.

“We used a lad­der into the in­ter­nal roof part and hid in the air­con­di­tion­ing units.

“We didn’t know where the gun­man was.”

The cou­ple hid in the kitchen area with around 10 other peo­ple be­fore even­tu­ally re­turn­ing to their ho­tel room.

They waited for an­nounce­ments over the ho­tel in­ter­com while watch­ing events un­fold on the tele­vi­sion.

She said: “We were hop­ing to go to the mu­sic fes­ti­val but it was just fin­ish­ing. It was ter­ri­fy­ing. It prob­a­bly won’t hit us un­til to­mor­row.”

Con­cert-go­ers re­ported see­ing muz­zle flashes from the up­per floors of Man­dalay Bay across Las Ve­gas Boule­vard from the mu­sic fes­ti­val and the sound of what they de­scribed as au­to­matic gun­fire.

Wit­nesses re­ported bursts of gun­fire for more than five minutes.

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