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Las Vegas shooting: Stories of survival

Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 22:40:53-04

People who made it out of the Route 91 Harvest Festival alive are sharing their stories of survival.

"We just thought we were going to die," Shelley Mallory said.

"No matter what place you went for cover, there was two or three bodies to accompany that," Taylor Benge said.

"I thought, 'This has to stop at any minute. This is a bad situation, but at least it's going to be over soon.' And it just wouldn't end," Shaun Hoff said.

As hundreds of shots were fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, some people said they ran for cover.

"We went straight into the Hooters bathroom and we're like 'OK, get in a corner, get safe,' and as we get to the bathroom, there's a girl who was just shot in the head," Taylor Brunner said.

Others put their own lives on the line for their loved ones.

"My sister kept throwing herself on top of me each time, just telling me how much she loves me," Taylor Benge recalled.

While the thousands of people who escaped the massacre unscathed are feeling a sense of gratitude, it's not the first emotion that comes to their hearts after the painful, horrific shooting at the hands of 64-year-old Steven Paddock.

"There are crazy people out there. They shot into a crowd of 30,000 people at a concert. It's insane," a witness named Christine said.

"We need to come together and fight for America, because this is our country, this is our nation, this is our people," Manny Affren said.