by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:
A young man and his girlfriend who got caught up in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting describe how people were shot and shots were fired at the Tropicana that night
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — An eyewitness named Geo Rios and his girlfriend were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the night of Oct. 1 when gunfire rang out striking numerous people inside the venue.
Rios said that you could actually hear the bullets hitting bodies all around them and said that several people who were struck fell atop his girlfriend.
“[…] as we’re hearing that we all dropped,” the eyewitness explained. ‘There were people getting shot all around us. Everywhere around us. It was very, very, scary.’
“One second we were listening to Jason Aldean […] the next moment we are fighting for our lives.”
Geos said that he and his girlfriend were physically exerted just trying to make it out of the venue and explained how ‘it was a real workout’ to keep dropping down to take cover and then get back up again.
“[…] you have no idea, it drained us,” he said. “It literally drained every little part of us that we could possibly have. […] it took all of what was in us.”
Geos described their escape from the venue in detail and made clear that he and his girlfriend chose the path and the exit with the least amount of people at it in order to maximize their chances of survival.
“We ran straight to the back of the venue and there was like a ten-foot fence,” he explained. That’s when Geos and his girlfriend climbed up and over the fence using a piece of an “orange gate” as a makeshift ladder. Geos said that they couldn’t climb the fence without the makeshift ladder because the fence was covered with a “green material” that wouldn’t allow you to grab it.
“Two guys that were standing on the other side of the fence were catching everybody,” he said. “One of the caught my girlfriend.”
“Everyone who lived is a hero, from that event, and I want to make that clear. […] There was a lot of beautiful things going on. A lot of people taking care of each other,” he said.
Once the couple was over the fence Geos said that he could hear ‘shots coming from Hooters, the MGM area’ in addition to the shots coming from Mandalay Bay. This is the very same area other eyewitnesses also heard shots being fired!
“So shots were going from Mandalay [verbal effect of gunfire, like a slower belt-fed weapon] they were really deep, really far and then you could hear a [verbal effect of gunfire, more like a quicker crack, like an MP5 or AR, tighter bursts, faster cycle rate],” he explained. “So we are hearing multiple shots now.”
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