KS man in Vegas hears shooting from room below gunman

Published: Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:05 PM CDT
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Floyd Conrade, from Emporia, is in Las Vegas for a work conference happening at the Mandalay Bay hotel. He was staying directly below the room of the man accused of shooting into the crowd gathered for a country music concert.

Conrade says he arrived in Vegas Sunday night and was in his room when the shooting happened.

"Roughly 10:30 at night, I heard the first volley of shots go off. (I'm) thinking fireworks from the concert that was across the street," he says.

Conrade says he then heard a second round, even louder than the first.

"Then they continue going off, and at that point, I realize those weren't fireworks. It's gunshots," he says.

Conrade says by that time, security was outside his room, telling him to stay inside. He did and listened to the situation unfold on the scanners while sitting feet below where police encountered the shooter.

Despite the shooting, many visitors have arrived in Vegas since Sunday night. One Wichita woman who spoke with Eyewitness News Tuesday landed in the city moments before the shooting.

Faith Jones is visiting Las Vegas for a convention, along with others from Wichita. She says shortly after the group arrived at their hotel Sunday night, they noticed a chaotic scene outside with multiple police vehicles and helicopters circling for hours.

Jones says she and another Wichita woman were at the MGM Grand. While Jones was still in their room, her friend was out eating dinner and was forced to take shelter in the restaurant's kitchen.

She says she didn't know exactly what was happening Sunday night, but the scene at her hotel was still chaotic Monday morning.

"(Monday) morning, I went down to the hotel lobby to get a coffee. There were people crying, people yelling and trying to figure out how to get out of the city or find out how their loved ones were," Jones says.

Despite what happened, she and the group she came with stayed in the city to finish their convention.