Marcus Seng Was Right Next To Mandalay Bay Hotel When Las Vegas Shooting Started
In what turned out to be the deadliest shooting massacre in US history, 59 concert goers were killed as over 500 more were injured when the gunman fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Mere metres away was Singaporean Marcus Seng, who according to TODAY Online, was on his way to see the Fountains of Bellagio.
Mr Seng was stuck in a traffic jam right next to the hotel when the first round of gunfire began.
Recounting the surreal incident
The 30-year-old – who is currently travelling around North and South America – had initially thought that the sound came from either fireworks or a helicopter taking off.
He soon figured otherwise when he noticed hordes of people running and police cars driving the opposite direction.
Once it was apparent that gun shots were being fired, chaos ensued.
As concert goers were screaming and ducking for cover, Mr Seng managed to escape the scene and rode to a quiet carpark 2km away for safety.
He soon posted the following on his Facebook after.
Recalling his own proximity to the surreal incident, he also expressed appreciation that a team of 15 – 20 police cars had responded to the scene within 3 minutes.
Waking up to love and generosity
Almost a day after the horrific incident, Mr Seng shared on his Facebook about how residents reached out to help, offering to donate blood, food, and water, instead of turning away.
It was reported by The New York Times that lines stretching several blocks were formed outside blood banks with some arriving as early as 2am — despite centres only commencing operations at 7am.
Reporter Peter Dawson even tweeted out a picture of water, food and supplies, mentioning that no more were needed due to overwhelming donations.
No more donations needed at Thomas & Mack! All the water, food and supplies are being packed up and rerouted. pic.twitter.com/UF5GYHkdxV
— Peter Dawson (@PeterFox5LV) October 2, 2017
Mr Seng, a former Navy Officer, is currently embarking on a journey from Alaska to Brazil on his motorbike.
Despite the circumstances, he has opted to continue staying in Las Vegas for at least a week.
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Featured image from Marcus Seng