WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Tears of relief at Bradley International Airport Monday afternoon as the first flight from Las Vegas arrived at 3:25 p.m. Denee Longley woke up to the sound of her phone ringing in the middle of the night.
“I looked at the caller ID and it was Russ who couldn’t get into the MGM and he was hiding very well, thank God,” said Denee Longley of Litchfield. “Just happy to have him back cause that phone call was not good.”
“Scary moment. It’s just, I feel so bad and my heart goes out to the loved ones and everybody that lost people,” said Russ Longley.
Russ and his group of friends were in Las Vegas for their annual golf outing. They’ve been going for 15 years.
“Everybody just panicked. Everybody yelled shooter, went from one casino to the other, everybody just scattered everywhere,” said Russ. “There were some people that we saw in the roads but I gotta tell you the PD and firemen in Vegas were unbelievable.”
Another emotional reunion captured this afternoon was between Matthew Castaho and his father. Matthew was in Vegas celebrating becoming a doctor.
“He was sleeping. He was not answering so I was very, very worried,” said Carl Castanho.
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Matthew was unaware of the situation on the strip until this morning. He says his trip to the airport was anything but normal.
“It was fairly chaotic. There’s a bunch of roads closed off trying to get to the airport so the Uber had to basically go through a whole different route to get there and then at the airport, too, the people were a bit crazy in line and so forth,” said Matthew.
Over 500 people are injured and more than 50 are dead after the worst mass shooting in the country’s history. For the Connecticut residents who witnessed the chaos first hand it’s a day to count their blessings.
“We’re all good. We’re all safe. Just glad to be home and you know it just opens everybody’s eyes cause you just don’t know. It’s a flash of a second and everything kind of changed,” said Russ.