Jay and Kristi Ritter of Sioux Falls spent part of their annual vacation in Las Vegas, hunkered down for hours behind a wall in the chaos caused by the shooting rampage.
“People would come and go. We would hear rumors obviously that there were shootings in other casinos. So of course everybody’s mind is racing that this is a big terrorist event,” Jay Ritter says that all the area hotels were locked down so you couldn’t get back into your room.
The Ritters were not at the concert where America’s bloodiest shooting rampage happened. They were just walking in the neighborhood back to their own hotel.
He was thinking of his wife.
“Being the protector. I knew that if something was going to happen, I would at least try to save her. That was my mindset. It’s a surreal type of event. I am starting to realize what happened now more than I was then.”
The Ritters are now able to look out their hotel room window at New York, New York, down on the festival area in front of the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel where so many people lost their lives.
“It’s sad. You know what happened there. You see the debris and their coats and their chairs and whatever people took to the festival is now still there.”
Ritter says he and his wife had thought about going to the concert because they like country music, but then decided against it.