Stanthorpe duo's lucky escape from Vegas
WHAT was intended to be an exciting journey to America's 'Sin City' turned to horror for two Stanthorpe locals as they found themselves caught up in the country's worst ever shooting massacre.
Fifty-nine people have been confirmed dead and over 500 others injured, following the shocking events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1.
Laura and Martin Boullier were in Vegas at the time, stopping in as part of a three month journey across the US.
What transpired is difficult to fathom, Laura said.
While not at the concert where the shooting took place, her and her brother Martin had considered attending, staying just a short walk down the road from the venue.
"We were not at the concert. We left first thing the next morning as the whole city was in lock down and it was a very sombre atmosphere,” Laura said.
"We were able to see the hotel the shots came from and the streets surrounding us were all closed off.
"We are feeling extremely grateful not to have been caught up in it all but also feeling very sad and empathetic for those who were.
"We've had numerous arguments with people
over here about their ridiculous gun laws but there doesn't seem to be much being done about them unfortunately.”