WASHINGTON - A FOX 5 manager and a news journalist were in Las Vegas during Sunday's mass shooting that claimed at least 59 lives and left more than 527 people injured.
FOX 5's Director of Production and News Operations Bill Beyer was on the Las Vegas Strip only a few blocks away from where the violence took place.
"What we saw here right after this thing had taken place was just people trying to get to their loved ones," Beyer said. "It's been chaotic and tragic and just crazy here."
He said he had gone out and was crossing onto a bridge near the MGM Grand Las Vegas that links both sides of the Las Vegas Strip when he saw heavy police activity. As he walked closer to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino -- the area where the shooting happened -- he found shooting victims being helped.
Right now at the MGM. pic.twitter.com/eOUcBGrQUe— bill beyer (@bbeyer7353) October 2, 2017
Beyer said he still hadn’t learned of the shooting until he made his way back over the bridge. He said ambulances were rushing to and from the scene with as many as six or seven passing by him at a time.
Once he was near the MGM Grand, Beyer said officers moved him into the hotel lobby and went into a lockdown mode.
Beyer says he took photos of police activity on the Strip and of a SWAT team moving through the lobby of the MGM Grand. He said many were camped out in the lobby of the hotel while police worked in the area.
Reporter Kristyn Leon was at the Las Vegas Airport where she said her flight back to Baltimore was delayed. An announcement alerted passengers to a lockdown and active shooter investigation.
“I looked outside and I could see from my vantage point – I am directly across looking at the Mandalay Bay, it's not too far away from my terminal at Spirit and I could see swarms of helicopters," she said. "I saw emergency vehicles speeding down the street and right then and there, all of us were like, ‘Oh my God, what do we do?’”
Leon was held up at the airport in Las Vegas for about two and a half hours before she was able to board her flight. During that time, she was also trying to stay updated through Twitter.
One of Leon's friends attended the concert, but made it out safely with the help of a couple she didn't know as they were able to make it to the MGM Grand where police were on hand.
“She was one of those people – she took off and bolted with them and hopped over a fence, ducked for cover, took cover under a car and then made her way to the MGM and was hiding there,” Leon said describing her friend’s frightening experience.
Earlier on the strip right before gun shot fire by NYNY pic.twitter.com/MdlnOpYeLm— bill beyer (@bbeyer7353) October 2, 2017
Police say a gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, was perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when he unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival killing at least 59 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.