Positioned up on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, 64-year-old Paddock used modified rifles to fire hundreds of rounds into the crowd below. An hour after the shooting finished, authorities found Paddock in his hotel room – but the killer had already shot himself.
In the aftermath of the horrific incident, people were understandably struggling to make sense of what had happened. “It was gunshots and everyone was running,” Oklahoma resident Austin Wayne told The Independent. “You didn’t know what to do or where it was coming from. Everybody was scared, running, getting down. Words can’t even explain it.”
Winston, meanwhile, was in the heart of that confusion. At first, he even assumed what he was hearing was actually fireworks. But when people began screaming and bodies started dropping, he realized something was terribly wrong. Along with his friend Jenn Lewis then, he fled the scene – but he didn’t run away completely. Instead, he found a nearby pickup truck – with the keys still inside.