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LAS VEGAS - Sunday night, at approximately 10 p.m., country music fans were gathered for a performance by Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Fast forward a few minutes and the immediate aftermath of what is being called the country’s largest mass casualty shooting in United States history occurred at approximately 10:08 p.m.
Monday morning, The News Gazette obtained video coverage from Cori Langdon, taxi driver and resident of Las Vegas. While watching this video, you will hear that Langdon was actually waiting in line at the Mandalay Bay as the shots rang out. From the video, you can see that in minutes chaos ensued throughout Las Vegas as thousands of people poured into the streets trying to escape and take cover from the gunman who opened fire from a hotel room above the packed concert, killing at least 58 as of noon EST, wounding hundreds more.
In the video, you will see after hearing several shots start to ring out, Langdon was aware of her surroundings and was able to locate approximately where the sound of the shots were being fired from above her. On her way out of the lot there were several more shots fired. As discussion increased on her dispatch radio, Langdon was informed to leave the area and stay away from the strip.
Throughout the video, you hear Langdon giving an update on her views of the streets, the emergency response that has taken over the area and her first-hand account of what she is seeing as she goes through town. She witnessed many people pouring into the streets from the targeted area. At one point she has passengers take shelter in her taxi, one with a broken leg asking for her to take them away from there, just anywhere away from the location. Along the way, one passenger is heard contacting family to let them know they are safe and OK. The same passenger is heard crying that there were “dead bodies everywhere” as they fled the concert location. After begging from the passengers to take them to several different locations on the strip, Langdon refuses and proceeds to take them to what she considers a safe place away from town.
In speaking with Missy Morgan, a native Winchester resident and former resident of Las Vegas, she informed Winchester’s News Gazette Publisher, Leesa Friend, that she had a friend that was “in the middle of all the tragic chaos”. That person was Cori Langdon, video provider. Several other friends of Morgan’s some who were in attendance at the concert were safe as well. The News Gazette’s Leesa Friend spoke with Langdon Monday morning and her comment was "God Bless the victims and family members", referring to the hundreds of victims affected by this tragic event.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, was found dead by officers who stormed his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Please follow The News Gazette at www.winchesternewsgazette.com or follow us on Facebook for more details to come as the investigation continues.