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'So Tragic': New England Residents Return Home After Shooting in Las Vegas

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    Many New England residents started to return home on Monday following the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 2, 2017)

    Many New England residents started to return home on Monday following the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

    Adrienna Coonan, of Auburn, Massachusetts, stepped off a plane at Logan Airport and embraced her mother after the night of gunfire and chaos.

    "It just kept going and going and going and it didn’t stop," she said.

    The 26-year-old was in the crowd at the country music festival when investigators say suspected gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured before SWAT agents entered Paddock's room. He had already killed himself.

    New England Residents Return From Vegas After Shooting

    [NECN] New England Residents Return From Las Vegas After Shooting

    Travelers at Logan Airport arriving from Las Vegas react to the deadly shooting in Nevada.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 2, 2017)

    Coonan, like all the other concert goers, had been listening to Jason Aldean when the shots rang out.

    "He started a new song. He was in his third line and it just started going," recalled Coonan. "We ran and every time the shot fired we dove to the ground. We ran and ran."

    Some people who stepped off the plane at Logan weren't at the concert, but told NBC Boston they were in the area. Despite not being at the shooting, many were still emotional when talking about the horrific event.

    Pat Scurlock, of Natick, and her husband were in the same hotel as the shooter — just across the street from the massacre.

    "I just wanted to see my kids," Scurlock said when she arrived back to Boston. "All those people... someone daughters son, mothers... it’s so tragic. It could have been my kids."

    Nick Pratt told NBC Boston that he was in a nearby hotel when he saw some of the wounded run inside.

    Air Travel Impacted in Boston

    [NECN] Air Travel Impacted in Boston

    Passengers landing in Logan from Las Vegas react to the news of Sunday night's violence.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 2, 2017)

    "It was my first time ever seeing a gunshot wound," Pratt said. "In an instant, everyone was helping out everybody and they were just doing what they could."

    Passengers like David Byrne from Cape Cod could barely get out any words after arriving home from Las Vegas.

    "It just makes you sick," said Byrne.

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