I-Team: Mass shooting sent police into underground tunnel

LAS VEGAS - The October 1 massacre touched every corner of southern Nevada but something that hasn't been talked about is the underground.

The underground tunnels of Las Vegas are normally quiet but on Oct. 1, some of the people who make the tunnels their home have made this home were visited by police officers in tactical gear.

"That was kind of scary," said Bonnie Kellogg, who says she lives in the tunnel. "They called us out. So, we had our hands in the air, you know, did what they said. They had guns this long," she gestured with her arms.

"They did come down and they had M16's and they said 'alright, boys it's time to go. Girls, yeah, you gotta go, too. If you gotta get something, get it quick,'" said a man who goes by the name Craig and says he lives in the tunnels. 

"I was like, oh my God, what is going on, because we still, at that point, didn't know what was going on," Bonnie said.

A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay killing 58 and wounding more than 500.
The tunnel is located underneath the Las Vegas Strip near Mandalay Bay.

"I'm telling you there was ambulance after ambulance after ambulance after SWAT after police car after fire department all lined up right above us," Craig said.

"We went outside and they told us we had to leave and vacate, and I said well, can I grab my purse because I left with nothing," Bonnie said.  "And he said, 'You gotta make it fast because we got people's lives at stake right now.'" 

Even with the massive event unfolding, the tunnel dwellers say police proceeded through their makeshift homes with care.

"They pulled my curtains down which I don't blame them, you know, if you don't know what's behind a curtain, you're gonna pull it down," Bonnie said. "They pulled my curtains down as the moved by but they didn't disturb anything else and that's one thing they said to us as we went out, 'Your things will not be disturbed.'" 

The I-Team contacted Metro Police to find out more about how police used the tunnel on Oct. 1 but has not received that information yet.


 


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