"I heard the shots, just so many shots"
Israelis in Las Vegas describe the chaos and panic throughout the cityThe mass shooting that took place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino early this morning (Monday), has claimed the lives of at least 20 people and has wounded over 100 more. Many Israelis living in and visiting Las Vegas described the situation unfolding throughout the entire city: "We are closed in at the hotel, there is no reception."
Many Israelis staying in the area near the mass shooting during which at least 20 were killed and over 100 people were injured, are on lockdown. The Las Vegas McCarran International Airport which was shut down earlier this morning following the initial reports of the shooting, has resumed “limited flight activity.”
An eyewitness from Israel described to Channel 2 News the panic in Las Vegas: "There is no movement on the Strip, we're on lockdown in the hotel. There is no one going out or in.”
"We are in the room with the whole family, in a room at the Bellagio Hotel," Amnon, an Israeli visiting the city, told Channel 2 News, "We were driving in the car along the strip, and the moment we saw something developing we made a U-turn and went back to the hotel that’s on the other side. We went inside the closed hotel where they asked that we all get into our rooms.”
Yonatan Alter, a member of Secret Saints, an Israeli band based in Las Vegas that was scheduled to perform at the club close to the scene, told Channel 2 News Online of the fear throughout the streets. "When we realized that there was chaos and a shooting, we turned around. The rumors are that the shooter used an M-16 but we do not know the background. We are closed in at the hotel, there is no reception."
Etay an Israeli who works for a security company that works with a number of hotels in the city, explained that once the incident was reported, they were dispatched to the area. "I was at home when they reported the shooting so I got to the scene," he said. "Not all the security guards there are armed. The primary focal point is the Mandalay Bay. At the moment, the police are not talking of any other points, they are securing the scene out of fear of other incidents."
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