Two bus drivers praised for helping people escape
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.