MARYLAND WITNESS | 'I could actually see the...flashes coming out of the window'
LINTHICUM, Md. (WBFF) - A Montgomery County father and his son were among the thousands of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 others.
Fox 45 spoke with Gary Sudhalter just minutes after he and his 27-year-old son arrived to BWI from Las Vegas Monday.
The father and son had gone to the festival as part of a trip and on the last day of the event upgraded to the VIP section.
It was here the father and son were standing when, police say, Stephen Paddock opened fire from an above hotel.
"You heard multiple 'bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,'” said Sudhalter. “The shots went off. Everybody said, 'Hit the ground.' You hit the ground. You crawled. You ran out of the venue.”
Sudhalter was still wearing his festival bracelet inside BWI airport as he continued to recount the massacre. The father said when he turned towards the sounds of the shots he could see Paddock’s hotel window.
“When we looked back, I could actually see the Mandalay Bay and see the flashes coming out of the window where he was,” explained Sudhalter. “No matter how emotional you want to get, when you're with your kid, you don't want to do that. You want to stay strong. You want to stay calm.”
Sudhalter and his son escaped from the venue unharmed. The father said the plane ride home was certainly a time of reflection.
“To me, it’s insane,” said Sudhalter. “But it won't make me stop going to concerts.I told my daughter and my wife I’m going to live my life. That person is not going to win."
Sudhalter offered his deepest condolences to the families of those lost and injured.