The sound comes in one long unbroken wave, like something out of a war movie, or the steady chop-chop-chop of a helicopter’s blades.
Then come the screams.
Videos recorded by concertgoers at a Sunday country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas reveal a scene of stunning terror as a gunman let loose with a stream of bullets that police say killed at least 58 and led more than 489 people to seek hospital care from wounds and injuries sustained during the ensuing panic.
The carnage and terror are graphically depicted in videos from the scene taken by concertgoers.
Just interviewed Shaun Hoff who was in the 4th row &I recorded this video. Says "we couldn't do anything." A woman was shot 30 ft from him. pic.twitter.com/rRZBeYH9tK
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) October 2, 2017
Concertgoers at the Route 91 Music Festival hit the ground during the shooting, moving during brief pauses in the live fire.
“When it first started, no one knew what was happening, including myself. Sounded like fireworks at first. Then it kept going,” wrote Ivan on Instagram. He shared a video of the moment the shooting began and later posted a photo of himself donating blood. The video was posted on Twitter by Drew Akiyoshi.
A post shared by Ivan. (@iboogers) on Oct 1, 2017 at 11:53pm PDT
“Im safe and this was scary. I first thought it was fireworks till I saw someone run by me in blood.
@worldstar people were running with blood on em. Who the F*** shoots up @route91harvest in #Vegas #route91harvest #WorldStar” wrote Vincent Sager, a social media manager for a Las Vegas nightclub, on Instagram.
Im safe and this was scary. I first thought it was fireworks till I saw someone run by me in blood. I didn’t know it was real until we saw people falling to the floor and then people running with blood not only their blood but others people’s blood on them. Who the FUCK shoots up @route91harvest in #Vegas #route91harvest #WorldStar #FoxNews #PrayForVegas
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“Shots fired! Barelly made it out with @breskags. Scariest moment of my life. They just kept firing and firing,” wrote Russell Bleck on Instagram.
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“Crawl, just crawl,” screams a woman on the audio of a video that captured mainly darkness and deep fear as concertgoers sought to escape.
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“Oh, my God, I can’t believe this is happening,” says a woman surveying the scene.
When the shooting finished, bystanders loaded the injured into wheelbarrows and carried them out on makeshift stretchers made of segments of metal security fencing. A passing pickup truck was commandeered to take the injured to the hospital. Women in shorts and cowboy boots were carried out, limbs limp.
Wow. I'm still in shock this happened to my city. I just want to be clear that this is not a video I took, nor was I there. In my previous post I stated I wasn't at this festival and that I was safe. The person taking this video is Lindsay Lee and I have only met her fiancé the one who is driving the truck. We are social media friends and this is how I came across this footage. I am impressed at how they stepped up to help; following this video on her profile is another one where her fiancé Mark is carrying a guy they brought in their truck into the hospital that died. It's in complete devastation that I write-my city will never be the same. #vegasstrong
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Jason Hartman captured video from a nearby rooftop.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 2, 2017
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