‘I saw people plugging bullet holes with their fingers’: How brave music fans helped the wounded as they cowered, crawled and scrambled for safety during Las Vegas massacre

Monday, October 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

At least 50 people have been killed and more than 400 wounded in Las Vegas
Shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on concert from Mandalay Bay Hotel
Witnesses said ex-service personnel plugged bullet wounds with their fingers
Video captured people trying to flee the carnage and sheltering under cover

2 October 2017

One moment they were dancing at a country music concert, they next they were fleeing for their lives from the worst mass shooting in US history.

Haunting videos captured the moment joy turned to bloody tragedy for thousands of music fans as they were cut down by volleys of machine gun fire in Las Vegas.

Russell Bleck, who witnessed the attack on the Route 91 Music Festival, told how some people rushed to help the wounded, plugging bullet holes with their fingers.

He told NBC News: ‘I saw a lot of ex-military jump into gear and start plugging bullet-holes with their fingers.

‘While everyone else was crouching I saw police officers standing up as targets, just trying to direct people and tell them where to go.

‘The amount of bravery I saw there, words can’t describe what it was like.’

Speaking about the moment gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire, he added: ‘He was just spraying the crowd, it was relentless, there was no stopping, maybe five or eight seconds to move from cover to cover to try and get out as he reloaded.’

Some described watching their loved ones die in their arms.

Brianna Hendricks, who was at the concert earlier in the night but had returned to the Mandalay Bay Hotel before the massacre took place, told Dailymail.com: ‘It was terrifying, we heard constant gunfire.’

Another witness, who asked not to be named, added: ‘I was in room 135 and I heard over the police scanner that the shooting came from room 137.

‘It was non-stop, I would say well over 100 rounds. We hit the floor and took cover.

‘I called the front desk and she was remarkably calm and said she was aware of the situation and told us to stay in our room.

‘After around 10-15 minutes it just kind of stopped. You could smell the gun powder.

‘Right before we got out I heard an explosion, maybe a flash bang, but windows were blown out.

‘The cops came on to the floor and they were clearing rooms room by room and six or seven cops came into our room and we were evacuated.’

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