EXCLUSIVE: Two Tri-Staters Survive Las Vegas Shooting

Two Evansville doctors decided last minute to attend Sunday night's concert in Las Vegas. The two were expecting a fun night, but they spent the night running for their lives. In an Eyewitness News exclusive, the couple told us the story of what they experienced.

After leaving their hotel room, just five floors above the shooter's, the pair arrived at the concert to see the last three acts.

Gregg and Libby Mann specifically recalled the gunshots as unmistakable and distinct.

They were unable to tell what direction the shots were coming from so they ran, focusing on survival.

Gregg said as time passed, it felt like the shots kept getting closer to them – causing more panic.

He said a feeling of helplessness ensued and compared the moment to feeling like a "herd of wild gazelles."

“All we knew, all I knew, was I grabbed Libby's hands and we both headed north and I did not look back. And fortunately, once we got out from under the bleachers, the shots seemingly paused. I don't remember any shots after that. Libby remembers them coming back. All I remember is 'we have to get the hell out of here' so we ran to the back,” said Gregg.

Gregg and Libby said the panic was happening all over the strip as people were being funneled into hotels and rumors spread that there were more shooters on the ground.

They ran trying to hide behind merchant tents on their way to the exit, but were faced with a bottleneck trying to get to the safety of a nearby hotel.

“There was a lot of panic a lot of pushing but we were all moving and it was a mixture of people with various emotions. Some people telling us we’re okay, stay calm. Some people yelling don't push, some yelling keep going. It was we all knew. We were in this together trying not to fight amongst ourselves but it became a very much man for himself situation,” said Gregg.

Gregg and Libby tell us they first ran to the Tropicana hotel where everyone was fleeing to. But immediately when they reached the doors they heard screaming and thought there was another shooter. They then ran through a parking lot to MGM Grand where they ultimately found safety.

The couple chose not to return to Mandalay Bay Resort, where their hotel room was just five floors above the shooter’s room, because it was on lockdown and they didn’t want to have to wait.

Their plane ticket out for tomorrow was also cancelled because after the horrific event they did not want to be near crowds.

So, the two left early this morning with only the clothes on their back, credit cards and licenses in a rental car.

“I think the other thing it makes you appreciate a little bit more is the small things in life. Not to take things for granted and to be able to enjoy your family when you have that ability. Best thing I heard this morning was my daughter's voice on the phone,” said Libby.

Gregg and Libby saying the night is like a blur but the unmistakable sounds will be with them forever.

Telling us that now every little noise like a car door shutting reminds them of the distinct shots fired late last night.

After seeing videos of the shooting from last night, they tell us they are hard to watch knowing they were uncertain in those moments if they’d be returning home.

Listen to the full interview with the Manns in the video player here.

(This article was originally published October 2, 2017)


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