Larne couple sheltered in restaurant during Las Vegas shooting

Heather and Uel McCrudden.
Heather and Uel McCrudden.

A Larne couple have told of their terror after they were caught up in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Heather and Uel McCrudden are currently on holiday in the Nevada city where a gunman targeted an open air music festival over the weekend.

Shots were fired from the Mandalay Bay Hotel (photo Heather McCrudden).

Shots were fired from the Mandalay Bay Hotel (photo Heather McCrudden).

The death toll from the terrifying incident currently stands at 59 people, with hundreds injured.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Heather, who owns Java Junkie coffee shop in the town, told of how herself and her husband were dining on the Las Vegas Strip when the shots were heard.

“After the shots rang out panic broke out, and everyone ran to the back of the restaurant and got under the tables or took shelter in the bathroom,” Heather said.

A post on her Facebook page related how the restaurant remained on “lockdown” for close to two hours before the couple were able to make their way back to their hotel.

A sign in Las Vegas asks for urgent blood donations (photo Heather McCrudden).

A sign in Las Vegas asks for urgent blood donations (photo Heather McCrudden).

Speaking to the Times on Tuesday afternoon, Heather added: “The atmosphere [here] is sad, but everyone has been amazing rallying round to try and make tourists in particular feel safe.

“There are more police outside hotels and on the streets, but I don’t feel threatened in any way.

“It’s a sad and extremely unfortunate turn of events; my heart goes out to them.”

Meanwhile, police have named 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the gunman.

Police presence in the streets of Las Vegas following Sunday's shooting (photo Heather McCrudden).

Police presence in the streets of Las Vegas following Sunday's shooting (photo Heather McCrudden).

The US citizen sprayed gunfire into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, before killing himself as officers closed in.