LAS VEGAS | A former North Iowa woman said angels must have been with her and her daughter as they escaped rapid gunfire at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night.
Officials have said at least 58 people were killed and another 515 were injured.
Misty Green, 40, and her daughter, Emily, 16, attended the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip. Green grew up in Clear Lake, and, until recently, the family lived in Mason City.
They moved to Las Vegas in January, where Misty's husband and Emily's dad, Matthew, 44, is stationed as active duty Army.
“I won Route 91 Harvest Festival tickets on the radio,” Green said Monday as she was receiving chemotherapy for stage four colon cancer. “We sat in the same spot all weekend, on the left side of stage up front in the ADA section.”
The venue sat in the shadow of Mandalay Bay, where the gunman fired volleys of bullets from the 32nd floor into the tightly-packed concert crowd.
The suspected gunman has been identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree from Mesquite, Nevada.
When the gunfire began, country music star Jason Aldean was performing in front of a crowd of more than 22,000.
“With last night being a school night, we listened to the first two songs from Jason Andean,” Green said. “The third song we walked towards the back, so it would be easier to get out with all the traffic and rode the giant swing.”
Green said they were lucky.
“An angel was watching over us last night, and had we stayed up front for one more song, our outcome could have been very different,” Green said. “That was the area people were getting shot.”
“At that point we heard several rounds firing, saw people falling, (heard) gut-wrenching screams and (saw) people being pushed over,” Green said. The crowd had almost no cover and no easy way to escape the event space.
According to Green, the gunfire paused and then started again. The pair found a place to hide against a semi-trailer after the first round of bullets.
“Then the second set sounded closer to us, so we ran and ended up going through a back door to the Tropicana Hotel, into the kitchen area,” Green said.
People were running into the back of the building and through the employee hallways into the banquet room, Green said.
“The gunfire began again and everyone in the banquet room screamed get out of here and so we were running through a maze of back hallways trying to get out,” she said. “We found the exit and gunfire erupted again, and we ran for our lives, and ended up jumping into the backseat of a stranger’s car.”
Misty and Emily ended up relying on the help of the kind stranger, a woman, who sheltered them in a car.
They moved to a parking garage about five minutes away to wait for the woman’s friend, who was in the restroom when the shooting happened. Green contacted her husband, who she said was "so worried about them," and the woman was able to drive the pair halfway home.
“We can't get the gunfire sound out of our head,” Green said. “I'm so sad for everyone involved. Such gut-wrenching horror.”
Both are grateful to be safe now, and say their "hearts go out to the deceased, injured and all families involved.”
"Emily was amazing last night with her quick responses and quick thinking," Green said. "I think today she is still in shock and processing everything."
Just hours after the shooting, Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew were safe and that the shooting was "beyond horrific."
Sunday's shooting came more than four months after a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.