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Father and son from Maryland survive Las Vegas massacre, share their story

Posted at 6:47 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 06:47:45-04

Around 22,000 people were at Sunday's concert in Las Vegas when shots started, killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds. 

Now, days after the massacre more survivors are telling their stories, including a father and son from Potomac, Maryland.

Gary Sudhalter said it was supposed to be a bonding experience, but it turned into a nightmare.

Sudhalter and his 27-year-old son paid an extra $200 to be in the VIP section. There was more space, hammocks, a bar, and bathroom just for them.

They were enjoying listening to Jason Aldean when five songs in the gunfire started.

"The repetitive bang-bang-bang-bang-bang, we knew. And upstairs, somebody or many people said 'get down,'" said Sudhalter. "Every time it stopped we got up and ran when we heard it again, we hit the ground again."

The father and son crawled and ran two miles to safety. Looking back, Sudhalter said he could see the muzzle flashes from the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Sudhalter said he's still wearing his concert and VIP bracelets reminding him how lucky he was to survive.