A Hellesdon woman on holiday in Las Vegas has described the terrifying moment when a shooter began gunning down concert-goers outside the hotel where she and her husband are staying.
Jill Seddigh spoke in a whisper this morning from the locked-down Luxor hotel where she, her husband Farz and other guests have been told to stay in their rooms and keep noise at a minimum until further notice.
At least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the horrifying attack which began when a gunman, named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which is next door to the Luxor.
The Seddighs dived under their dinner table as mass panic broke out after the firing started, at about 10.10pm local time while the outdoor country-music festival was in full swing close to the two hotels.
The couple were having dinner in the hotel’s ground-floor food court when they first became aware that something was wrong.
“So many people just came running in, some screaming. We didn’t hear the shooting but there was just absolute panic. They were running all over the place shouting that there was a shooter out there, and screaming to everybody to get down.
“Farz grabbed me and told me to get under the table. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever been through,” said Jill.
While the Seddighs and everyone else in the food court were sheltering under tables, security staff appeared and ushered everybody through a fire exit into an area used by staff.
“People were sitting on the floor crying. One girl was covered in blood from someone who had been shot. I asked her if she was OK and she said she was. She was on her mobile desperately trying to contact help,” said Jill.
The security staff had then told the Seddighs and other guests that they needed to go to their hotel rooms and lock themselves in until given the all-clear.
Guests had run to the lifts and into their rooms where the Seddighs, who are staying on the fifth floor, have been since 10.45pm local time.
Speaking to Just Regional at 3am local time, Jill said they could see the festival site from the far right of their bedroom window but, in darkness, all that was visible were masses of police cars, while helicopters were flying overhead.
“There’s no way we can sleep,” she added. “We’re following what’s happening on Fox News. Police are swarming everywhere. We’re waiting to be told when we can come out. To be honest, I’m just feeling completely shocked – I can’t take it all in.”
Farz, 46, and Jill, 51, own UK Blinds, on Fifers Lane. They arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday and were due to stay there until this Friday.
Police officers have shot and killed a suspect, identified as a local resident. They believe they have located an Asian female, Marilou Danely, believed to have been travelling with him.