On Sunday, among those present at the mass shooting in Las Vegas was a pregnant woman who was overdue by a week. She decided to attend the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in the hopes that the activity would initiate labor, and instead ended up being victimized in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Speaking to Fox 5 in Vegas, Markie Coffer said she, boyfriend Travis Matheson, and Coffer’s brother Cody attended all three nights of the event. Coffer said, “We decided, ‘Oh, we’ll go. Maybe it will help (my baby) come out,’ and we were just there having fun.”
The couple even took their three kids to concerts at the venue Saturday night, Coffer says. The next day, only the adults returned to see the finale performance by singer Jason Aldean.
“We were really excited to see Jason Aldean, the main guy, so we definitely stayed to the end. And then, towards the end, it got crazy,” Coffer said.
The concert was interrupted by a massive amount of gunfire raining down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Stephen Paddock, the mass murderer said to be responsible for the shooting, took aim from the hotel room in which he’d been staying, and to which he’d taken a large stash of weapons.
Concertgoers reacted in confusion, then fear, as the 22,000-person crowd tried to find cover. Fifty-eight innocent lives were lost in the attack, and close to 500 were wounded.
Matheson, who is a former US Army soldier, turned to his training to escape, according to his account.
“I told her, ‘We got to get to safety and find somewhere to hide,’” Matheson recalls.
Matheson, Coffer, and Cody crawled across an open field where bullets were pelting indiscriminately. One of those bullets hit the group, and it was Cody who sustained a wound as a bullet tore into his shoulder.
The group continued on and eventually made it to safety, a friend transporting them to the hospital for treatment and evaluation. The grateful couple is relieved there were no life-threatening injuries to their group of four.
Still, the baby waited two more days to arrive. “He’s been unique since the beginning,” Coffer said of her newest child, Wyatt.
“[He is] a light at the end of the tunnel,” Matheson said. “I’m thankful nothing happened worse to any one of us … and we couldn’t be here for him. It was perfect timing for him.”
Cody is expected to fully recover, while Coffer and baby Wyatt are already home from the hospital post-delivery.
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