Lisa Fine was in the VIP section at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night when bullets began “raining down” on the crowd.
A gunman had opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, leaving at least 59 people dead and another 527 injured. It’s the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
Fine, a mother of two from California, called it “the scariest thing that’s ever happened in my entire life.”
“People kept telling me, ‘It’s not real. It’s not real,’ and I said, ‘It is real. Get down,'” she said in an interview on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
“I just knew that the bullets were flying everywhere and if we got up, we could die. I saw people getting shot right in front of me. It was horrifying.”
Fine said she and her friends took cover beneath the bleachers in the VIP section “as long as we could” to shield themselves from the spray of bullets.
“The bullets could have [gone] through that, but we just figured he was shooting at targets and everybody was running. I figured our best bet to survive was to climb underneath the bleachers,” she told “GMA.”
While taking cover, Fine took several videos of the horrific incident with her cell phone. The videos show hoards of people fleeing amid screams and uninterrupted bursts of gunfire. Fine posted the videos to Facebook, saying she saw some people risking their lives to give CPR to those who had been hit. She also recalled seeing a truck carrying bodies of people.
“I saw wounded piled in the back of a truck because they were racing to the hospital and there wasn’t ambulances yet. I saw people on the ground and their loved ones were risking their lives to stay with them and try and save them. I watched a man performing CPR right out in front of me. I keep hearing the semi automatic gunfire in my head and seeing all those bodies. I will never be the same,” she wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
Fine called herself “one of the lucky ones,” as the only injuries she sustained were bruises and cuts to her knees from hiding underneath the bleachers.
“Sending so much love and prayers to everyone. My heart is broken for all those precious souls lost and their loved ones,” she wrote. “Praying for everyone with everything I have.”
Once she was able to get to safety, Fine said she “immediately” called her family and friends to let them know she was OK.
“I called my two kids, Ashley and Brandon, and I called my mom and my sister and just told everybody we were OK and we lived. I just can’t stop shaking,” she told “GMA.”
“I just keep thinking of all those people that were shot and wounded, and my heart just breaks. I can’t even imagine their families, what they’re going through right now.”
(H/T ABC News)