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Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham at Mandalay Bay during mass shooting

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Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham says he was at a 9:30 p.m. showing of the Michael Jackson ONE show at the Mandalay Bay hotel with his wife Sunday night when the shooting broke out from the 32nd floor.

Cunningham was in town to give a presentation on bail reform at a hotel in Vegas and was still scheduled to do so Monday afternoon. 

"So we're in the theater watching the show and all of the sudden it just kind of stops in the middle of an act, which was really unusual," Cunningham said. "A couple minutes go by, and at first you're thinking it's maybe an early intermission or somebody got hurt or something, then somebody came over the PA and said, you know, 'we apologize for the interruption, we're dealing with a situation,' or something big like that."

He said the intercom was really vague so he took his phone out to check Twitter.

"That's when I saw something about active shooter on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay," Cunningham said.   

Across the street is where he said the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place. 

After seeing the news, Cunningham says he took the nearest exit outside only to find the strip blocked off, several police cars and the sound of sirens. 

"I figured it would just be safer to stay inside," Cunningham said.

Police were brought into the theater, guarding every entrance to keep the audience safe. Outside the theater doors, he says no one was allowed to go up to any floors of the hotel, creating a stressful situation for those who wanted to get to their loved ones. 

"Everybody did a really phenomenal job with following instructions. There was people kind of hyperventilating and having some anxiety issues understandably, but for the most part, everybody was calm, they followed directions," Cunningham said.

It wasn't until midnight when he says officials let audience members take shifts to go use the restroom.  He says he stayed in the theater until 3 a.m. when the hotel bused all of the attendees to a parking lot at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.  He says Uber and Lyft drivers showed up at that location to help people get back to their hotels and weren't asking for fare money. 

"I feel horribly bad for the victims, survivors and their families," Cunningham said. "We saw parents that were asking the police where their children were, to look for the children."

Cunningham says his wife left Las Vegas Monday morning. He says he's hoping to leave the area late in the afternoon following his conference. 
 

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