Six crew members of a Knoxville-based stage lighting company are safe after 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in a shooting in Las Vegas.
"For two or three minutes they were in this situation where bullets were raining down on them and they didn't know where from, where to hid and they didn't know how to stop it," said Bandit Lites CEO Michael Strickland.
His crew members were working at the Route 91 Harvest festival near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas when the shooting began around 10 p.m. local time on Sunday.
Strickland said the crew members were employees from the Nashville office branch. Stickland said he called them after the shooting and confirmed all of them were safe.
"None of us were hurt, physically. They were all terrified, that's the word they did use when I did reach them," Strickland said.
It took several hours for Strickland to actually get a hold of each individual crew member. Every moment that passed was painful.
"They were out in the open. They didn't know where to go but they knew the bullets were falling from above," Strickland said.
For him, the uncertainty was overwhelming as he waited for hopefully good news.
"It was a terrifying event for me because I had so many people out there," Strickland said.
Las Vegas police are asking loved ones who are worried or still looking for family and friends in Las Vegas to call 1-866-535-5654.