A Bowling Green man experienced the horror of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas and relayed to his wife that he is safe, according to a report from WBKO.
Derek Mitts is a guitar technician for Jason Aldean, who was performing near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the conclusion of the Route 91 Harvest Festival. A gunman shot and killed at least 55 people and injured more than 500.
Mitts called his wife, Ashley Mitts at 1:14 a.m., less than 10 minutes after the shooting occurred.
"I don't know a whole lot about what happened," Ashley Mitts told WBKO Monday, "I just get a phone call and my husband says 'I don't want you to wake up in the morning and see this on the news without me telling you but there is what sounds like machine guns going off and we heard running and I don't know where anybody else is but I wanted to call and tell you that I love you and that, just to pray - please pray,' and as he was about to hang up I just heard more rounds going off in the background and they almost sounded like they were getting a little bit louder. So that's the last I heard his voice for what felt like an hour, but it was only about 15 minutes. I got the text that he had made it to safety and then about 30 minutes later that they had accounted for everybody and that everybody was okay. That was a relief but it's not the phone call you'd want to get in the middle of the night."
Ashley Mitts said she has been on the road with her husband many times, but that she never would have expected something like this to happen, according to WBKO.
Dean Harris, a Louisville native who lives in Las Vegas, helped victims of the shooting as a nurse at Clark Memorial, where “no fewer than five ambulances at a time” brought victims, according to WAVE3 News. Harris attended to at least 50 trauma victims from the concert, he told the news station.
"You see this kind of stuff dramatized on TV but it’s not like that at all," Harris told WAVE3. "These are real people and they are in real pain and quite a few of them didn’t make it."