Friday 21 September 2018

'There's an eerie feeling here now'

Lynn and Daragh Condren
Lynn and Daragh Condren

Cathal McMahon and Elaine Keogh

A couple who were celebrating their wedding anniversary in Las Vegas have described the affect of the shooting on the city.

Lynn Condren said Stephen Paddock's gun rampage has left the city shellshocked.

Mrs Condren and her husband Daragh from Drogheda, Co Louth, arrived in Las Vegas last Thursday and will return home today.

"We got married here three years ago at the Bellagio Hotel and came over to celebrate our wedding anniversary, which fell yesterday," Mrs Condren said.

"We honestly didn't even know what was going on until we heard an unbelievable amount of sirens around the area and there were police everywhere.

"There's an eerie feeling in Vegas this morning, the Strip is still blocked off and there are still sirens everywhere. It is quite scary, people are very wary and shook up."

Meanwhile, a mum-of-three from Northern Ireland has also told how she feared she would never see her children again.

Cafe owner Heather McCrudden (49) was eating dinner with husband Uel (53) when shots rang out, forcing diners to flee for cover.

"After the shots rang out panic broke out, and everyone ran to the back of the restaurant and got under the tables or took shelter in the bathroom.

"Seeing grown men crying and running towards a bathroom to take cover, that's when the reality hits you," they said.

Irish Independent

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