Locals in Las Vegas recount mayhem, fright during deadly mass shooting

Shelly and Joe Comfort vacation in Las Vegas a couple times a year. Like most visitors to Sin City, the Webster couple has had some long, memorable nights there.

None like Sunday.

The Comforts and their friends from Rochester, Kristi and Joe Shur, had just finished dinner and were having a drink shortly after 10 p.m. Vegas time. It was their last night in Vegas and they were all having a drink at the hotel bar in Delano, a sister property connected to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when the band stopped playing and ran off stage.

“The S.W.A.T. team came running into the (casino), running in with machine guns,” Shelly Comfort said. “We were told to run as fast as we can, there’s an active shooter. It was crazy. People were diving under tables.”

High above ground level on the 32nd floor at Mandalay, gunman Stephen Paddock had started shooting, opening fire onto a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival below. More than 57 people were killed and 500-plus injured. It’s the worst mass casualty shooting in American history. – Continue reading from the Democrat & Chronicle

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