Las Vegas shooting survivors cheer on Jason Aldean in Tulsa

Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 18:01:14-04

TULSA, Okla. -- Thursday was an emotional night for performers as well as Oklahomans who were in the crowd when shots rained down at Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas.

Sherry Hale and her husband won a radio contest and dropped to the ground multiple times during gunfire before safely escaping the festival.

Hale told 2 Works for You she was emotional Thursday, but will not let what happened take away her joy.

"This event is not going to define me. Somebody said, oh it just makes you want to stay home and not go anywhere. I said oh heck no, I'm not doing that. This is my country. I'm going to do what I want to do, I have the freedom to do that," she said.

Hale said she was excited to support Aldean, and she had been thinking about him since the incident.

Mary Rice was another winner of the contest, celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary. But tired and sore after a day of sight seeing, she and her husband hung out at the hotel instead of going to the concert.

Soon after, hotels across the strip went into evacuation mode, yelling "shooter" in an attempt to bring guests to safety.

"I get panic attacks really bad now. Me and my kids were at the mall the other day and somebody screamed and I started crying. I just kind of freaked out," Rice said.

Rice hoped the concert in Tulsa would bring her closure.


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