Two bus driv­ers praised for help­ing peo­ple es­cape

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - #VEGASSTRONG: HOPE AND HEALING -

Richard Kuna was at the end of the Deuce line when he parked the dou­bledecked bus near Man­dalay Bay to briefly look for a pas­sen­ger’s lost wal­let just af­ter 10 p.m. on Oct. 1.

“That’s when the jack­ham­mer­ing started,” said Kuna, a Las Ve­gas res­i­dent.

Kuna said he wasn’t aware that a gun­man had opened fire from the 32nd floor at Man­dalay, tar­get­ing coun­try mu­sic con­cert­go­ers at­tend­ing the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val at Las Ve­gas Vil­lage.

He got back into the bus, made the usual U-turn and headed back north on the Strip. Later, Kuna was stopped at a red light along Las Ve­gas Boule­vard at Reno Av­enue when a crowd of peo­ple started pound­ing on the door of his bus, beg­ging to get in.

“They were pan­icked, cry­ing, scream­ing and some were bleed­ing,” Kuna said. “What else could I do?”

Roughly 50 peo­ple piled into the bus, and Kuna took off as soon as the traf­fic sig­nal turned green. Dis­patch­ers di­rected him to drop off the pas­sen­gers at Trop­i­cana Av­enue and con­tinue his route.

The Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion of South­ern Ne­vada on Thurs­day rec­og­nized ef­forts by Kuna and fel­low driver An­to­nio Mclan­dau in as­sist­ing con­cert­go­ers at­tempt­ing to flee from the shoot­ing.

Art Mar­ro­quin

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