SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Those gun shot and imagines will be hard for Monica Leivas to erase from her mind. “You can’t unsee what you’ve seen," said Leivas. "It’s hard.”
Originally from Ventura, Leivas went with a group of girlfriends to the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. They were enjoying that last day of the three day concert series when the unthinkable occurred.
“We began to dance listening to Jason Alden and then all of a sudden we heard noises that sound like fireworks," said Leivas. "People started to be a little frantic and then the next thing you know everybody is on the ground.”
The woman were just a few rows back from the stage when the massacre took place. Once they heard the first round of ammunition they, like many thought it was fireworks. Once the second round happened they hit the floor. Kimberly Scott who was in the group said she laid on top of people trying to provide some type of protection.
“It was like a war zone," said Scott. "That was the best way to describe it.”
After the 3rd round of ammunition was over they decide to run for shelter.
“That was our only chance to crawl to safety," said Leivas. "I didn’t know where safety was but we just hid behind two bars. Crawling by numerous dead bodies. It was really traumatizing.”
“We didn’t know where the shooting was coming from or how much ammo, how many guns," said Scott. "It just wouldn't stop.”
It was during that time the girls got split up. Leivis ended up at a near by CoCo’s restaurant were they barricaded the doors and windows. Scott hid in a bush.
"I called my parents and told them I loved them because I didn’t know what would happen,” said Scott.
“I have a four year old son. All I kept thinking is I have to survive this," said Leivas. "I need to hide for my son. I need to get home to him.”
After 4 a.m. Monday the lockdowns were lifted and the friends were reunites, unharmed. But the imagines and sounds will forever be implanted in their mind.
“Every time I hear a bike backfire I freakout," said Scott. I can still hear the gun fire in my ears. I can’t get out what I have seen in my mind. It’s hard. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up in panic.”