Former Willow Creek Resident Shelters People Fleeing From Las Vegas Shooter
The group gathered in Johnson’s room were concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when a shooter began firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Rob Brink from Colorado spoke to us via phone from Johnson’s motel room. He told us that a friend he attended the concert with was shot in the foot and is now in the hospital. “We were actually on the ground watching the concert,” he explained. “We thought it was firecrackers at first.” Then, when his group realized what was happening, everyone fled. “We got out of the area,” Brink said. “We could still hear shots…The shooter kept going…It was terrible. It was unbelievable to be where people are getting shot and lives are on the line and we are running.”
Johnson, whose daughter, Clover Willison, is a business owner in Garberville, said that he was in his motel room at the Hooters Casino when he heard the first shots. “It sounded like a jackhammer,” he explained. “I think it did it four times…I went to my balcony then a couple of minutes later there were herds of people running…I saw thousands of people running…There was a steady stream of people for 10 minutes. There was a countless number of police, fire trucks, ambulances running around.”
As Johnson was watching, he heard a noise at the end of the hall. He opened his door and saw four women nearby. “I asked if they needed help,” he said. The women said they had fled from the concert and there were others who needed a place to stay, too. Johnson invited the 12 concertgoers into his room.
As of 12:46 a.m., the former strangers were exchanging stories about their experiences in Johnson’s room. Here’s more on the shooting including video from the concert scene.
[This post has been updated to reflect the latest information as of 6 a.m. Monday morning.]