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Western Montanans recount terror of Las Vegas shootings

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MISSOULA - Western Montana residents embraced their loved ones after an emotional return from Las Vegas with many of them still trying to grasp the last 24 hours. 

"It was a living nightmare," Cody Doyle said. "I saw the few people that had been shot and just the sheer amount of gunfire coming from…wherever it was coming from -- I just knew it was terrible."

What was supposed to be a country music getaway, turned into the unthinkable.

"It sounded like fireworks," Erin McKeekin "People just started screaming and running and saying "they're shooters, they're shooters."

It wasn’t until the music stopped playing and the band fled the stage that people realized what was actually happening. Witnesses say it was full-blown panic, many flipping tables and hiding under bleachers for cover.

One of those at the concert was Michelle Cole who is a  Trauma Coordinator at Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She told MTN News that once she got her son to safety, she returned to the area with her husband to help the wounded.

"We started running into casualties," Cole said. "We made a little triage area and worked with the local people and got ambulances to the area, so we did triage on the patients."

Others said they were trying to stay calm, as the people around them were panicking. Many were unable to get into their hotel rooms because buildings were on lock-down.

"I didn’t sleep at all last night," Doyle said. "I got to the airport as quick as I could after we were let back in the hotel. I’m happy to be home with my fiancé and kids."

For many, it took landing back in Montana to feel safe after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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