Thursday 19 July 2018

'Someone shouted 'gunman', so we ran ... chips left at the table'

A woman sits on a kerb at the scene of the shooting (AP)
A woman sits on a kerb at the scene of the shooting (AP)
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An Irishman has described his panic as a gunman opened fire on a concert at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Dylan Walsh, from north Dublin, was with a group of friends and revealed they originally thought it was a crash.

Mr Walsh (21), who was staying at nearby Planet Hollywood, said they were on the Strip when the drama unfolded.

"We saw loads of ambulances and I said 'that's a serious crash'. Little did we know at the time.

"Then all the bars and restaurants start closing down.

"The next thing I know someone shouted 'gunman', so we ran. Everyone scattered, casino chips and all still on the table.

"Waiters dropped everything. It was scary looking back now."

Dublin woman Christine O'Hanlon was at the nearby Aria hotel.

"All of a sudden there was a bit of a commotion and people started to run. At first, we weren't really sure what was happening but I could hear popping sounds and obviously that was gunfire, but we didn't realise it at the time," she said.

"Then people were running, it was like a stampede."

Irish Independent

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