Lubbock couple celebrating anniversary in Vegas: 'I just wanted to save my wife'

Lubbock couple celebrating anniversary in Vegas: 'I just wanted to save my wife'

LAS VEGAS, NV (KCBD) - Clay and Kelli Wilson were in Las Vegas celebrating their 28th anniversary at the Route 91 Harvest when the gunman started shooting.

"The first time it happened we really thought it was fireworks. The second time I knew what it was, so we actually saw people falling and stuff. So we took cover and I tried to devise an escape route and get us out. We hid. Hid her under seats and I tried to lay on top of the seats to protect her," Clay said.

The barrage of gunfire killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others.

Jason Aldean was on the stage for just a couple of minutes before a gunman opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay casino. The gunman has been identified by officials as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Clay and his wife say they were standing to the right of the stage in a VIP section.

While they were taking cover Kelli called her kids just in case she never saw them again.

"I knew I had to call them because it might be the last time I talk to them because there were people getting shot everywhere and the bullets were ricocheting they were coming in from everywhere and it didn't stop. He shot forever," said Kelli.

They made it back to their hotel after flagging down an Uber driver and made it back home to Lubbock safe Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm so thankful because a lot of people didn't get to come home to their kids and they're going to come home if they do with physical injuries scars, not just the emotional but they'll have to deal with a lot. I'm just so grateful to get to come home to them."

The Wilson's say they love Las Vegas and will be back at some point.

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