A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire while country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night a the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Officials report 59 people, including two off-duty police officers, are dead and more than 500 are wounded, officials said Monday. Here, see footage of people fleeing the scene and police responding before suspect 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was killed. AP via Storyful
A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire while country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night a the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Officials report 59 people, including two off-duty police officers, are dead and more than 500 are wounded, officials said Monday. Here, see footage of people fleeing the scene and police responding before suspect 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was killed. AP via Storyful

Crime

‘Run!’ It’s ‘automatic gunfire.’ Missouri, Kansas witnesses describe Las Vegas horror

By Matt Campbell

mcampbell@kcstar.com

October 02, 2017 08:56 AM

UPDATED October 02, 2017 01:25 PM

A Missouri man, a Missouri couple and a Kansas couple were in Las Vegas on Sunday night when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 58 people and injuring at least 500.

The massacre is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed himself during a standoff with police.

KMOV.com of St. Louis reports that Kent Sisco, from Piedmont, in southeast Missouri, was at the country music concert outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when he heard what he thought were gunshots around 10 p.m.

“We [heard] the pop, pop,” said Sisco. “I turned around and said, ‘What’s that?’ and my girlfriend said, ‘I think it’s fireworks,’ and I asked, ‘Why would they do fireworks in the middle of the song?’ About that time it really opened up, it was very distinguishable automatic gunfire. She turned around ... and she just said ‘run!’ ”

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Steven and Julie McGuire, of Springfield, Mo., were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting started.

Ozarksfirst.com reports the couple were with Julie’s sister, Jackie Kessler, as country singer Jason Aldean began the final concert in the three-day event.

“He was 3 or 4 songs in, when we heard popping,” Julie told KOLR10 News. “We thought it was fireworks, then it started again. Then it started again, more consistent. We heard the bullets flying past us and hitting the metal.”

KOLR10's Joe Murano talked with Steven McGuire.

“We were sitting in kind of a grandstand area with theater-type seating,” he said. “It was a VIP area. And Mandalay Bay Hotel was over my right shoulder. It sounded like the sounds were coming from that end of the bleachers down where the bathroom area was. Sounded like someone tossed some fireworks or something.

“Jason Aldean finished that song and then a short pause, and then start into maybe a 4th or 5th song of his set, then once again we started hearing pops from that direction,” McGuire continued. “This time in more rapid succession and then everybody really kinda got scared when the show went black.”

McGuire said no one in their immediate area appeared injured.

“Then there were more pops,” he said. “At this point, you know, a fully automatic sound of a rifle like what you'd see in a war movie. Pop, pop, pop, pop, faster than that. I looked at my wife and my sister-in-law and I said, ‘We need to get out of here.’ “

A southwest Kansas couple were also in Las Vegas during the massacre.

KSNW’s Amanda Aguilar spoke to Alejandro Ruiz, who said he and his wife were safe in their hotel room at the Hilton Grand just a few miles north of Mandalay Bay.

The Ruiz family is in Vegas for vacation. They were sightseeing and went back to their hotel room to take a break before heading back out onto the Strip for the night.

“While we were getting ready, we started hearing sirens, looked out my window and I saw the cop cars,” recalled Ruiz. “As I kept looking out, more, more and more cops started going and coming to this area and blocking the area from what I could see.”

Ruiz said they had the television on, and the show was interrupted with breaking news.

“That’s when I found out what was going on and what the circumstances were around us,” he said.

Ruiz and his wife are from the small town of Satanta, just south of Garden City.

“Yesterday, Vegas looked like Vegas,” said Ruiz. “Today, Vegas looks like any ordinary town, street in Wichita during the night. I mean, it’s pretty silent.”