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Former Cornwall residents describe scene in Las Vegas during shooting

By Nick Seebruch

Published on October 2, 2017

Dave Tidbury and his wife Doreen.

LAS VEGAS, United States - Dave Tidbury was a long time resident of Cornwall and in an interview with Seaway News he described the scene in Las Vegas during the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

The shooting took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Sunday night. The suspected shooter, who has been identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a music festival from the 32nd floor of the resort.

As it stands now, 58 people are dead and more than 500 wounded. Paddock was found dead in his hotel room of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was also found with more than 10 firearms in his possession.

Tidbury, who had been visiting Las Vegas on a trip said that he was in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Sunday night when a crowd of people rushed through their lobby.

"A wave of people came running through the hotel and people were saying that there was a shooting and one woman had been shot in the leg," Tidbury said.

Tidbury and his wife tried to make their way away from the chaos. After things died down, they tried to return only to become faced with another wave of terrified people.

"People were running every which way and we didn't know why. It was scary," he said.

They made their way into another hotel and the manager took them and as many other people as he could inside and let them use a secure elevator to get away from the chaos. They spent about 4 hours not knowing exactly what was going on but were reading reports on the shooting that were being published by CNN and other outlets.

On Monday morning, Tidbury says that things are starting to return to normal in Las Vegas.

"People last night even were playing the one-armed bandits again," he said.

Tidbury and his group were leaving Las Vegas on Monday and luckily, none of them were injured.