Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Horror in Las Vegas; Woman Escapes Mass Shooting in USA

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Horror in Las Vegas; Woman Escapes Mass Shooting in USA

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FORMER Gympie woman Jessica Nelson has detailed her and friend Emma Threlfall's terrifying escape from a gunman at a Las Vegas music festival.

Ms Nelson posted about her ordeal on Facebook hours after a 64-year-old gunman killed at least

59 people who were

at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

She said a family friend with them at the festival, American man Justin Beales, guided them to safety.

She told 92.7 Mix FM on Tuesday morning that they had been to the left of the stage when she heard popping sounds.

"I remember looking in the sky and going 'there is no fireworks, there is nothing on the stage'," Ms Nelson said.

She said Mr Beales soon realised people were being shot.

"The colour just went from his face and he just said 'gun' and just screamed and I froze.

"I couldn't move.

"He grabbed us, basically by our hair and just pulled us and just screamed at us to run.

"As we made our way to the exit, thankfully we were near an exit, the automatic rounds just started and there were people just falling all around us."

She said she didn't know if they were shot or tripping over.

"You wanted to get out of there as quickly as you could but then we got out and they just didn't stop.

"The rounds just continued.

"It sounded like there were two or three gunmen there and that it was coming from inside the festival."

She said they ran towards the first casino they saw, which she said turned out to be where the shooter was firing shots from the 32nd floor.

"It was complete chaos.

"As the automatic rounds were going no one knew where to go, no one knew what to do.

"There was no sort of order as to what was happening."

She said they ran towards the casino but people were screaming at them to run the other way.

"We were just trying to run anywhere that could provide shelter that was away from the gunshots. …

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