Former KLBK Reporter Witnessed Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

"You don't think about it ever until it happens to you."

LAS VEGAS, NV - Former KLBK reporter and forecaster Leah Freeman was among the people who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas where more than 50 people died and more than 400 were wounded.

Officials said Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on a crowd Sunday night from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel. 

Freeman now works as the evening weekday weather anchor for 23ABC in Bakersfield, California. While here in Lubbock, she was the KLBK weekend weather anchor as well as a news reporter. She had attended the music festival over the weekend with her younger sister, Frieda. 

When the final act of the festival, Jason Aldean, took stage Freeman said she and her sister were relatively close to a gate exiting the venue. When the first few shots rang out, she believed it may have been fireworks. It only took a couple more to realize something was not right.

“My sister and I are safe and unharmed!” Freeman wrote on Facebook.

“I will never forget that moment when we heard what we thought were firecrackers and sprinted for our lives!” Freeman said.  “We had no idea it was gunshots at the time, but we had a hunch and honestly we didn't care. We just knew whatever it was, it didn't sound good and we had to run as far away from it as fast as we could.”

Freeman explained that she and her sister ran as fast and as far away as they could from the venue, describing a massive stampede of people behind them also trying to get out.

"I feel like it's one thing seeing it, hearing about it on social media and everything like that, but at the same time I'm sure there are a ton of people out there saying 'no, they're in Vegas, it'll never happen to me. You know, I'm in Texas,'" said Freeman. "You never know. You don't think about it ever until it happens to you. That's just how it goes."

Freeman also shared that while she and her sister haven't been able to get much rest since Sunday night, they are thankful to have each other and that they are both safe:

 “While tonight was the scariest moment of my life, I'm so thankful for all the people that helped us along the way and all the people we were able to help as well!”


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