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He was there to photograph a concert. It turned into a massacre

He was there to photograph a concert. It turned into a massacre

Gunfire rained down on country music fans as they attended a festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, and more than 50 people were killed in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Photographer David Becker was covering the music festival for Getty Images when the shooting began late Sunday night. His photos from the scene show the frantic and bloody aftermath.

“People were fleeing, they were panicking,” he said. “The gunfire was sporadic. It would stop and then more shots, then a lull and then more shots. I could hear people yelling at them to shut off the lights, to be quiet.

“People were cowering, they were very fearful for their lives. A woman tripped right in front of me, a man shielded a woman with his body before I saw them both get up and run away, a man in a wheelchair was helped to an exit. I was trying to capture anything that was moving and that had good lighting. That was critical. It was so dark and there was limited lighting. It was really hard to get a sense of what was happening.”

For a while, Becker didn’t even know the popping sounds were gunfire. He thought at first they were firecrackers or bad speakers at the Jason Aldean concert.

“Then I started looking at my photographs, and what I was seeing was just unbelievable,” he said. “It had been so dark outside I couldn’t see the details. I just saw a lot of people laying on the ground thinking they were playing possum, but now I could see people covered in blood and I thought, ‘This is real.’ When I saw the image of the woman lying on the ground covered in blood, that was when the impact of what I was experiencing hit — when I realized people were dying.”

 

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http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/10/us/las-vegas-shooting-cnnphotos/index.html

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