Vegas poker dealer from Griswold returns to Connecticut following mass shooting

GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — Katrina Landry is now back in Connecticut after being in McCarran International Airport where concert goers fled in a panic.

She was waiting to catch the red eye back home when a gunman opened fire Sunday night into a crowd of concertgoers.

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At least 59 people attending an outdoor concert were killed and more than 500 were wounded when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Madalay Bay Hotel.

“What we knew back then and were worried compared to what is now is just absolutely insane,” said Landry.

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Katrina Landry (Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

The airport which is near the Route 91 Harvest Festival quickly went into lockdown.

“I hear them whispering in the back and they were like they broke down through the gate and there’s people on the runway,” said Landry.

Landry who is a poker dealer at the Bellagio called her parents in Griswold to tell them she was safe. She then called her friends and heard there were false reports of shootings at her hotel and two others forcing the casinos to evacuate employees and patrons to other parts of the hotel.

“But they said people were hiding under tables, that there was just thousands of dollars worth of poker chips just sitting on the tables,” said Landry.

Related: Over 59 dead, 527 injured in Las Vegas after deadliest shooting in modern US history

The entire strip was shut down. Landry said if she wasn’t going home she would have been working that night.

“But also had I known that that concert was going on I would have gone to that concert before I caught my flight,” she told News8.

Now back in Griswold she is happy to take in small town living for a while.

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(Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

“If I was working today I don’t know if I would go into the Bellagio,” said Landry.

She heads back to Vegas October tenth.

“I’ve only been there three months so I only have a few people to check on which in this situation I’m thankful for,” said Landry.

After this shooting Landry tells News 8 she now realizes how much Vegas is also her home because of how much she cares for that city and the people there.

 

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