U.S. Olympian Sandi Morris, Across The Street From Las Vegas Shooting, Recalls Lockdown

On Monday morning, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock open fired on an unsuspecting crowd in attendance for the 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip.

As of the latest tally, Las Vegas Police say at least 50 people are dead and 400+ are injured.

With news of the deadly massacre spreading, we are receiving more and more eye-witness accounts and information is coming in from those who were on or near the scene at the time of the shooting.

One of those people with a frightening story is U.S. Olympian Sandi Morris, who was across the street from the festival at The Luxor.

Morris recalled the events which led to a five-hour lockdown. Morris was inside of her hotel watching The Blue Man Group show when the chaos began outside.

“They had us on lockdown in there for five hours and we didn’t know when they were going to let us out but eventually that fifth hour rolled around. This was after they passed out bananas that were left over from the show that they didn’t use during the show because they mash up bananas and shoot them at the crowd in the show,” Morris, who won the silver medal in pole vault at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said.

“They gave us water and passed out blankets and things like that. I thought for a second we were going to spend the entire night in there but they finally let us out at like 4:30 a.m.”

You can watch Morris’ full comments below:

“This was probably one of the scariest things I’ve experienced in my life, if not the scariest. We were at a show – The Blue Man Group – and after the show ended, they announced that the building was going on lockdown but they didn’t tell us why at first. But as we were sitting there waiting for how long we weren’t aware of, I saw on Twitter that there was a shooting going on across the street. As we were sitting there, you could hear the whispers start as people were looking at social media and started to figure out what was going on. They had us on lockdown in there for five hours and we didn’t know when they were going to let us out but eventually that fifth hour rolled around. This was after they passed out bananas that were left over from the show that they didn’t use during the show because they mash up bananas and shoot them at the crowd in the show. They gave us water and passed out blankets and things like that. I thought for a second we were going to spend the entire night in there but they finally let us out at like 4:30 a.m. We had to walk back to our hotel through Las Vegas and it was a ghost town. It was very surreal and odd.”

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