Austin man survives Las Vegas concert attack
An Austin man describes the moment he thought he might die in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
"Everyone was huddled together and kind of just holding each other," said Bryce Wellman.
Bryce is a trained 911 Dispatcher in Central Texas, but says the phone call to his mother helped keep him calm.
"I think I'm still in shock. I have moments where it will hit me and everything will replay of what happened and I will kind of break down," said Wellman.
He recorded the scene from a VIP suite at the concert as the shooting started. They were facing the Mandalay Bay where the gunman was perched on the 32nd floor. Bryce took cover and the group tried to turn out the lights.
"I looked out the window and saw people laying on the ground or being carried. And then the gunfire didn't stop for what felt like a long time," said Wellman.
"Someone opened our door and said you guys need to run," said Wellman.
In the chaos, a call back home to Austin helped keep him calm.
"I called my mom and thank God she answered. I told her 'hey I can't really talk. There's a shooter and we're all on the floor. Please stay on the phone.' I was on the phone the whole time I was trying to run away from it. She said you're going to be okay. Just get behind something and stay there," said Wellman.
Bryce grew up in Las Vegas and returned for his nephew's birth.
"I got to meet my nephew yesterday and then went straight to the concert," said Wellman.
"The highest of highs and the lowest of lows," said CBS Austin Reporter Lindsay Liepman.
"Probably the happiest I've ever been in my life," said Wellman about the hours before the shooting.
As he ran way from the gunfire, his thoughts were racing too.
"I had to worry about keeping myself safe and worry about all the people I cared about most in my life were down there getting shot as well," said Wellman.
"As someone who was there, what do you think the focus should be at this point?" asked Liepman.
"I absolutely think the focus should be on the people that were there. It's easy to point fingers but when you are actually living it, none of that matters. Right now we need to be with the people that were there. The people that passed away an the family and friends that their life is never going to be the same after today," said Wellman.