HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Bush Intercontinental Airport was the scene of emotional reunions for families of Texas residents arriving home from Las Vegas on Monday, following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Amanda Sifford arrived in Houston just after 2 p.m. Monday after having been awake for more than 24 hours. She witnessed the mass shooting that ended with at least 59 deaths.
Sifford was in the audience during the Jason Aldean concert when the shooter began firing into the crowd. She said she was with two girlfriends in the center of the estimated 22,000 country music fans when she heard the first shots fired.
"When it first happened, we just thought it was fireworks and we realized that it wasn't fireworks,” said Sifford. “We realized there were no explosions, and we just grabbed onto each other and ran as hard, as fast as we could, as far away as we could. But along the way we were stopping because it was just constant. The shots just kept coming and coming and coming."
Sifford began crying after reuniting with her boyfriend at the baggage claim. He had been awake since 12:30 a.m. Monday when Sifford called him from the scene of the mass shooting.
"It's probably the worst phone call I've ever gotten,” said Brandon Gorman, Sifford’s boyfriend. “It was her out of breath running, crying and all I remember her saying is there's shots in the crowd. Someone's shooting at the crowd. And I knew where she was at the time, so it was rough."
Sifford described how she hid in a nearby hotel with several other concert goers until it was safe to come out and catch the flight back to Houston.