A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. © David Becker / Getty Images / AFP
“It was a horror show,” Ivetta Saldana told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
“It was bad, there was multiple people hit, a lot of people shot,” a former marine who was working security at the event told Fox News.
“The area that we had for medics at the event was completely flooded with people. I myself, with other people, carried at least four or five people to the EMT area.”
The man went on to describe how people were injured in the panic that ensued.
“There was two people that I know for sure were trampled. One gentleman was shot in the top of the head, another was shot in the leg, a lady was shot in her side,” he said.
“Another lady that caught a round to the side of the head, it was an ugly scene.”
Another witness, speaking to ABC News, described how “chaotic” the scene was as the incident unfolded.
“It kind of sounded like some fireworks going off and then I think there was the first volley [of shots] and all of a sudden a second volley and my buddy’s like ‘I just got hit’. He got hit three times and then people started diving for the ground,” he said.
“It was pretty much chaotic, lots of people got hit. It took a while to get them out, we took them over the fence and hide under the stage for a while to be safe.
“We finally got an ambulance out on the street and got two of the guys in and basically the one guy ended up dying in my arms, then my buddy got in. I just got a message from him and he’s going to be okay.”
Eyewitness, Megan Kearney, speaking to NBC, said she also initially thought the sound was some kind of fireworks:
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then I heard it again, it was sort of quiet and then I heard what sounded like a machine gun and people just started screaming that they were hit and to get down and then about 20 seconds after that we heard a round of machine guns and people were just dropping.”