Tense Moments for Fort Macleod Residents Visiting Las Vegas

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Fort Macleod resident Deborah Zoeteman and her 17-year old daughter are vacationing in Las Vegas, and are still there Monday morning (Oct. 2).

Nearly 60 people are dead and more than 500 are injured after a gunman opened fire at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas Sunday night (Oct. 1). The FBI says the shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, had no connection to an international terrorist group. He killed himself inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino before being confronted by police. Fort Macleod resident Deborah Zoeteman and her 17-year old daughter are vacationing in Las Vegas, and are still there Monday morning (Oct. 2). She tells CJOC that they were walking near the New York, New York hotel when the shooting happened, and could see a large emergency response and people running and screaming as they got closer to the scene. "We were actually heading towards the Mandalay because we hadn't been down that way yet," Zoeteman notes. "We had gotten stopped along the way by a gentleman on the street to chat with us. That was the only reason we actually weren't there when it happened." Zoeteman and her daughter then went back to their hotel, which was on lockdown for several hours while police cleared the area. She says they're looking forward to flying back to Canada later Monday afternoon (Oct. 2). Zoeteman adds that police have told her that the investigation may take another 12 or more hours to complete, and a majority of the Vegas strip remains closed at this time. This shooting is being called the worst mass shooting in US history. -Sam Borsato

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