A witness to the mass shooting at a country music concert late Sunday night in Las Vegas has spoken out about police response to the attack that left nearly 60 people dead and more than 500 injured.
What did the witness say?
Speaking with NBC’s “Today” on Monday, Russell Bleck — who attended the festival where the attack happened — told Savannah Guthrie that the actions of local law enforcement was nothing short of admirable.
“I mean, just, God bless the police officers,” Bleck said. “I mean, in a world where everyone’s kneeling, these guys stood up and took — I mean, they knew what they were against and they ran toward the danger with just handguns. I mean, that’s real bravery right there.”
Bleck added that “there’s no telling how many [people the police] saved.”
“Every second was a life lost,” Bleck said. “[The suspect] was just spraying the crowd of tens of thousands of people.”
What did he witness at the scene?
Bleck told “Today” that in the massacre, police officers and military veterans jumped in immediately to help.
“You saw a lot of ex-military just jump into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers,” Bleck said, who was in a VIP tent with his fiancée. He eventually took cover beneath some bleachers.
“While everyone else was crouching, police officers [were] standing up at targets, just trying to direct people, tell them where to go,” he said. “The amount of bravery I saw there, words can’t describe what it was like.”
Bleck opined that the gunfire came from an automatic weapon and described the panic that ensued when people realized the popping sounds they were hearing weren’t firecrackers but gunfire.
“That was an automatic rifle, without a doubt. He was just spraying the crowd. He was relentless. There was no stopping,” he said. “You had five, maybe eight seconds to move from cover to cover to try to move and get out of there as he reloaded.”
“It was just absolute chaos and carnage,” Bleck concluded.