I-Team: Coco's Restaurant & Bakery near Strip became safe haven for victims

LAS VEGAS - Numerous workers at a restaurant near the Las Vegas Strip became emergency responders in an instant Sunday night.

The I-Team obtained surveillance video from inside Coco's Restaurant and Bakery.

When a woman with a gunshot wound to the leg and concertgoers hiding for cover ran into the restaurant -- workers like Samantha Brumley lend a helping hand.

"As long as they felt safe and they felt like they had somewhere to go; it's all that mattered," Brumley said.

A lone gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire upon patrons of the country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.  The death toll, including Paddock, is at 59.  There were nearly 500 injured.

Coco's is located just off the Las Vegas Strip a few blocks away from the festival.

"There was another lady here; she was full of blood, she was looking for her mom," said Brumley.  "The girl was just it's okay,' she said, 'I'm okay.'" 

It was the victim's strength that caused Brumley to pause.

"I sat down for a minute right here because I was just, I couldn't believe her," Brumley said. 

According to Brumley, at one point a firefighter stopped by but said he had to move on because the injuries he saw inside the restaurant weren't serious enough, so he had to go where he was needed more.

"Sorry, it was hard," Brumley said as she started to cry. "People were calling their moms and their dads, and everywhere you looked there were people under tables." 

A server, Brumley, became more like an emergency responder as Coco's became a sanctuary for the victims.

"It's just hard you know you wish you could do more, but at the same time, what do you do," Brumley asked. "What do you? Do you know?"

For Brumley, working at Coco may never feel the same for her again.

"My heart just hurts," she said. 


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