San Angelo couple survives Las Vegas massacre

Mark Bethune and his wife Sherrell at the Harvest 91 music festival in Las Vegas (Courtesy: Mark Bethune)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - A San Angelo couple is back in the Concho Valley after escaping the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Mark and Sherrell Bethune flew to Las Vegas to celebrate his 50th birthday. Sunday night, they were at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when a gunman opened fire from his hotel room.

At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured.


"At first we thought it was fireworks," Bethune told KTXS media partner San Angelo LIVE!. "When Jason Aldean ran off stage, the music stopped and it started to click that it was automatic gunfire."

Bethune said while some people hit the ground for protection, he and his wife ran.

The couple made it back to the nearby Hooters Casino Hotel where they could see the carnage below.

He said they're fine physically.

"My knee is a little sore from landing hard after jumping a wall," Bethune wrote on Facebook. " Sherrell got caught on the top of a fence and fell on her hip. But we'll be fine."

Emotionally, well, that's a different story.

"It's going to take some time to get over this emotionally," Bethune said on Facebook. "Unimaginable. I don't understand how ALL combat veterans don't have PTSD. "

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