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San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

San Diegans Michelle Kenbeek, Elizabeth Carvalho and Briana Waris are picture...

Credit: Briana Waris

Above: San Diegans Michelle Kenbeek, Elizabeth Carvalho and Briana Waris are pictured in this photo taken Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.

San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

GUEST:

Briana Waris, San Diegan

Transcript

It was supposed to be a great weekend of country music in Las Vegas. San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

"Going to this fun concert, you would never expect in a billion years that this would ever happen," Waris said. "It was just hard to comprehend."

Waris was watching Jason Aldean perform from the left side of the stage when the shooting began.

"There were people on the ground, we heard a pause, and I'm pretty sure I heard someone say 'just run,'" she said.

Holding hands they started running but were quickly separated in what Waris described as a stampede.

Waris found out later her friend Elizabeth Carvalho had been shot in the foot.

"She's going to be ok," Waris said. "By some miracle it just hit her boot, it went in and out and didn't hit a bone."

Waris describes the heroism of strangers, including an off-duty police officer and a nurse, with whom she ran with for miles to safety, in an interview on KPBS Midday Edition.

How Shooting Survivors Can Overcome Emotional Trauma

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David Peters, family therapist with offices in Mission Valley

Transcript

San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

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