'I Was Waiting to Get Hit': Brian Claypool Recalls Horror of Las Vegas Attack
One of the survivors of the Las Vegas massacre was defense attorney Brian Claypool, who has regularly appeared on Fox News over the years as a legal analyst.
He talked to Jon Scott this morning about the terrifying ordeal when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas.
A tearful Claypool said he was in the front row watching Jason Aldean when he heard the pops. He said he got worried when he saw Aldean hesitate to sing before fleeing the stage moments later.
As he got up to run, Claypool said an "onslaught" of gunfire started. Claypool said he pulled a few people down to the ground with him because some of the fans "seemed like they were frozen in time, not reacting."
"I could feel the power of the bullets going by. I was just waiting to get hit," he recalled, adding that he immediately wondered what it was going to be like to be shot.
"I was praying, but I thought I was going to die right there," he added.
Claypool said he was watching the concert from an area closest to the Mandalay Bay hotel, from which the gunman was firing from the 32nd floor.
Authorities said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, used "bump stocks" so he could fire more rounds with his semi-automatic weapons.
When he was not struck in the initial bursts, Claypool said he pivoted to survival mode and tried to help a group of young girls nearby who were sheltering in a small sound production room under bleachers.
Claypool said a Las Vegas police officer then screamed at them to run north and he and others were able to escape.
"As we're running away, this police officer was jumping the fence to go face this shooter. I can't tell you how heroic the law enforcement was," he explained.
He said the concert-goers didn't know where to run because no one knew where the gunman was or how many attackers were around them.
Claypool said he plans to seek therapy to deal with the horror he saw that day. He said he wants to meet with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on banning "bump stocks" and assault rifles.
The attack left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
Watch the compelling interview above.