Survivor of Las Vegas massacre arrives in Cincinnati

Posted at 12:53 PM, Oct 03, 2017

HEBRON, Ky. -- Rachel Gonzales was working at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night when shots rang out, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more.

She flew into the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport early Tuesday morning, still appearing shell-shocked at what she'd witnessed.

"Life's too short. Just, you know, live it to the fullest," she advised. "There's crazy people out there."

Gonzales said a co-worker grabbed her when Stephen Paddock fired into the 22,000-person crowd, pushing her into a nearby truck to hide with six other people.

"It sounded like rapid-fire popping. At first it sounded like misfired fireworks or lights going out," Gonzales said. "After about 15 minutes, right before the gunshots stopped, like you can hear people freaking out, calling for ambulances."

After 20 minutes of hiding, Gonzales escaped as fast as she could, past the lines of ambulances and first responders hoisting victims onto stretchers.

Thankful for her life, Gonzales said it will still take some time to process what she saw in Las Vegas.