A cab driver outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel during the Las Vegas massacre recorded the heart pounding scene as she bravely risked her life to pick up concert-goers covered in blood.
Corianne Langdon captured video on her cellphone as she approached the hotel Sunday night, clearly picking up the sound of gunfire by Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on a crowd of thousands at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where 58 people were killed and over 500 more were injured before he took his own life.
While the video picked up the sound of repeated bursts of gunfire, it also showed the strange sense of calm outside the hotel as the reality of what was happening had not set in for people. A Las Vegas cab driver for six years, Langdon could be heard questioning what was going on before she got the report from dispatch of “multiple shots fired.”
Here is my video. It has been edited per the request of the passengers to bleep out their names and end the video before their faces are seen. No other editing has been done.
Posted by Cori Langdon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
“You guys, there’s shots fired!” Langdon warned pedestrians near the hotel as she took off down Las Vegas Boulevard where the horrifying scene of bloodied, fleeing concert goers unfolded before her.
With panic and chaos all around, the 58 year-old driver stopped to pick up people, one with a broken leg, others screaming for her to get them as far away as possible.
“Get the f**k out of Vegas, just go, go, go!” shouted one terrified passenger.
“Where do you wanna go?” Langdon, sounding shaken, asked as she attempted to drive while avoiding hitting those fleeing and injured.
“Anywhere, anywhere!” a passenger screamed. “Just drive. Drive as fast as you can. Please just go.”
Fear and panic gripped those in the back seat as they all shouted at once, with one pleading, “Please get us very, very far away from this.”
Passengers told the driver things were “really bad” as she tried to comprehend the scene.
“Are you kidding me?” Langdon asked.
“There’s gonna be hundreds and hundreds of people dead,” one of her passengers said. “There was blood everywhere.”
One woman could be heard on the phone with her mother.
“Hey mom, there was a mass shooting at this event we were at but we’re OK. I’m in a taxi, I’m covered in blood,’ she said.
“There were dead bodies everywhere,” she cried. “There ware so many people who got killed, like hundreds. They told us just to run, so we just ran as fast as we can.”
Langdon drove the frantic passengers far away from the scene and said she only started to feel the reality sink in after the fact.
“It was just surreal,” she told CNN, according to the Daily Mail. “I wasn’t really scared then but I’m definitely scared now and I feel really bad for everybody and all the families.”
“When I started going across and there’s people in front of my cab and people laying on the ground being treated to, triage and everything, and even in the cab started screaming saying there was blood all over them,” she continued. “There’s hundreds of people dead inside. Of course, these people were freaked out and that’s when I started to realize, “Oh my God, something is wrong.”
Langdon told CNN’s Don Lemon that she did not consider herself a hero, but gave that credit to the police, the first responders and those on the ground who jumped in to help the injured.
CNN also obtained harrowing video of concert goes fleeing the scene. It can be watched below:
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