A radio DJ from southern Utah was working at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when shots rang out from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
D.J. Tischner was with his friend Cassey enjoying their favorite artist when they heard a "POP, POP POP". Tischner said that's when someone called out "Oh my God, they're shooting". He says he grabbed his friend Cassey and ran.
"Someone was hit to my right, someone was hit to my left... I don't know how, I don't how Cassey and I survived," he said.
Tischner said crowds swarmed the streets and were piling into Ubers and taxis. He hand Cassey were able to jump in one of the Ubers for shelter. The first thing he did was text his mom.
"I remember it said: Mom, there's been a mass shooting, I'm really scared, I love you very much," D.J.'s mom Tami said.
Those with D.J. thought he had been shot because of all the blood on his clothes.
"It wasn't blood rubbed off on me, it was almost a splatter...tt was ... it was everywhere," he said. "I had a really hard time when I got home taking off the clothes, I don't know why, but I didn't want to take the clothes off. I didn't want to wash them," he told ABC4.
D.J told his mom at the time they thought there were five or six shooters. They didn't know what was going on.
"My heart breaks for those parents who lost their kids...it could have been me. ... it could have been my son."
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