Murfreesboro, TN man eyewitness to horror in Las Vegas

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Broken windows at the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

A Middle Tennessee man caught in Sunday night’s violence during a mass shooting in Las Vegas says it was "the most horrific event I’ve ever been a part of."

Murfreesboro’s Max Watson says he was in Vegas to see a DJ play at a local club but had time to spare until the show. He was walking down the strip when he noticed the Route 91 Harvest Festival and decided to stop and watch the show.

"I walked into the back of the crowd and within fifteen minutes the shots started," Watson told our sister station WZTV. "There were tons and tons of gunshots. It was insane."

Watson says at first, people were not sure if it was part of the show, fireworks, or sounds from another show nearby. "People were confused until they realized what was happening. Most of the people in the front and middle of the crowd dropped to the ground." Watson says he and others in the back were able to flee but the shooting seemed to target those towards the front.

In terms of the gunfire, Watson says the terror was ongoing. "It came in spurts. there would be a five second interval of shots, then it would stop and there would be a ten second interval of shots. You would think it was done and then it would start again," Watson says.

Watson says he ran across the street near Planet Hollywood and he’s not sure if it was related or if there was something else going on, but he watched as "several dozen" people came running out near Planet Hollywood. Watson says the response by Las Vegas Police was almost immediate.

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