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Maltese Woman Gives First-Hand Account Of Las Vegas Active Shooting Scare


Gut-Feeling

A Maltese woman who was found herself in the middle of a shooting scare whilst on holiday in America with her family has opened up about her first hand experience in an exclusive interview with SideStreet.

Alexandra Gaglione told SideStreet that she saw “people running” and “immediately noticed what was happening.” Alexandra claims on the plane from San Francisco to Vegas, she had a gut-feeling that something was off. “This place is so weird, it’s so scary”, she told her brother. However at the time they made nothing of it.


"Instinct kicked in"

Once in Vegas, at around 22:00, whilst having a drink in the hotel lobby, she saw people running. She said “instinct kicked in”, she got down and crawled to the kitchen, her brother crawled elsewhere and her parents took cover behind tables.


Having forgotten her phone, Alexandra was completely in the dark about her family’s safety. Fortunately, they got in touch, reunited and took shelter in the basement.



Shelter

Once in Vegas, at around 22:00, whilst having a drink in the hotel lobby, she saw people running. She said “instinct kicked in”, she got down and crawled to the kitchen, her brother crawled elsewhere and her parents took cover behind tables. Having forgotten her phone, Alexandra was completely in the dark about her family’s safety. Fortunately, they got in touch, reunited and took shelter in the basement.


In the basement there were, “people screaming and shouting” the sound of which, Alexandra says, she “can’t get out of [her] head.”


Following the harrowing time in the basement, they were let out by the police who claimed it was a “false alarm”. Having said that, Twitter was exploding with reports of gunshots in Vegas. The truth surfaced the next morning in a tweet by the LVMPD.



"Remain alert"

Following this terrible experience, Ms Gaglione said, “I’ve never loved Malta more.” Us Maltese, myself included, tend to glamourise big countries like the US and criticise Malta for ‘not having enough’. She also gave advice about traveling safely in the US, “Avoid crowds, stick with your group and unfortunately, remain alert”



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