Charlotteans returning from Las Vegas recall moments from mass shooting

- Rachel and Lincoln Lawing still have their wrist bands from the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, a concert they left 30 minutes before the first shots rang out.

They snapped a picture in front of Mandalay Bay earlier in the day.

"The dude was looking at us. He was probably looking at us right there. It's really weird, surreal feeling. I am overcome with grief and numbness."

Other Charlotteans were literally caught in the crossfire. Craig Rollins was exploring the casino level of Mandalay Bay when armed officers stormed in.

"They corralled us out into a parking lot, so we spent two hours in the parking lot and then they still didn't feel good about the area, that it was secure, so they asked us to go to the Michael Jackson theater and we stayed there for the next eight hours," Rollins said.

Jon Mertes and his wife were in a taxi on their way to see Jason Aldean when they turned around, deciding the drive wasn't worth the crowds.

"She started crying last night because we should have been there and we weren't. To know what everyone is going through out there right now, it's just our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is there," said Mertes.

 

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