Bastrop woman narrowly escapes Las Vegas massacre

- A Bastrop woman who was at the country festival in Las Vegas is still in disbelief over how she made it out alive.

She recounts the terror she witnessed first-hand: from people hit by bullets, to those running for cover.

Katherine Williams ran for an hour to save her life as bullets sprayed across crowds at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"No matter where we were running, it seemed like people just kept getting shot and kept getting shot. Bodies kept hitting the floor no matter where we ran," says Katherine Williams, witness.

Country singer Jason Aldean is seen running off stage, a moment when people began to realize something was wrong. Security guards first telling them to take to the ground.

"There was a lady behind us that unfortunately ended up standing up, saying that she was a nurse and that if anybody needed help, let her know. Directly after saying that, she took a shot to the head and fell to the floor. Everybody saw the blood and just freaked out," says Williams.

They were told to run to safety but, the reality was, no one was safe. Williams comparing the scene to a war zone. 

"Trying to seek cover, knowing when to run, having to jump over fences, having to jump over walls, having to combat the crowd. You know, seeing people drop to the floor, lose their lives and just lay on the ground," says Williams.

She says the gunshots lasted around 40 minutes. Every time there was a pause, people would try to change their location.

"Someone just like pulled me down and said, 'Stay down.' My friend was next to me, a little far away, and I was like 'No, you can't stay in one place, you have to keep going,'" says Williams.

It was a gamble on which direction to run since no one knew where the shots were coming from. In the middle of it all, Williams says many victims were helped by complete strangers.

"You kind of saw the best of humanity and the worst of humanity, if that makes sense," says Williams.

All she knows, is that it's a miracle she made it out alive.

"I know it was only by the grace of God. I know he's the only reason why we made it out," says Williams.

 

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