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Narrow escape from massacre

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Narrow escape from massacre thumbnailGlyn Hanna

A LAST minute decision to change hotels saved a Mourne man from the Las Vegas shooting.

Glyn Hanna, who runs a car body repair business in Ballymartin, was due to arrive in Las Vegas on Sunday for a three-day stay in the Luxor Hotel.

The hotel is right beside the scene of the horrific gun attack at a music festival which left at least 58 people dead and hundreds injured.

Mr Hanna was to be in the hotel at the time of the deadly attacks, however, a dinner with friends ran late and it saved his life.

A bomb scare was reported for the Luxor Hotel after a gunman opened fire from the 23rd floor of the neighbouring Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Mr Hanna, also a Mournes DUP councillor, was relieved not to have been at the scene at the time and expressed his thoughts to all.

"I am in USA on holiday at the moment.We were going to stay in [the] Luxor hotel.

We were held up by one hour eating dinner with Joey Shakespeare and Bree Shakespeare.

"If we had been on time we would have been caught up in the shootings in Las Vegas.

"As we were late and tired, we stopped in a hotel one hour from Las Vegas. We are fine. I am thinking of all who died and am counting my blessings." The suspect, who has been named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who is now dead, sprayed bullets on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Witnesses reported that hundreds of shots were fired from the hotel, which overlooks the open-air country music festival.

With a death toll of at least 58, it is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

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