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Victims return to Las Vegas mass shooting site to retrieve cars

Posted at 12:02 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 03:00:23-04

The victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas returned to the dirt lots near the Route 91 Harvest Festival grounds to pick up their cars. 

You could hear people setting off their car alarms in the distance trying to remember where they parked. The people we talked to dreaded having to come back to the place that they ran away from in fear just two days ago.

Lishey Johnson was still wearing the wristbands from working the concert all three nights. She helped a coworker pick up her car, not knowing the simple task would be this hard.

Memories came racing back.

"All of the sudden I heard, 'da-da-da-da.' And then I started seeing bodies," said Lishey. "And I just started grabbing people saying, 'Get up' underneath the bleachers."

Piling chairs on top for cover, she then heard police yelling at them to run.

"It was like, just stop shooting, but it doesn't stop. And as you are running you are running over bodies," said Lishey. "Its like, where do you go?"

In these lots there are cars from Arizona, Arkansas, and all over the U.S. Most of the drivers will come back, drive away, and try to get back some normalcy. 

But there will be cars whose drivers are never coming back. That's the thought that keeps Lishey up all night now.

"Can't sleep. Just keep seeing bodies," she said.

Even those who survived have deep emotional wounds. Lashay tells 13 Action News she's going to see a counselor starting Thursday.

"I don't know what to feel or what to think or what to say. I couldn't even imagine what everyone else is feeling; what everyone else is thinking," said Giany Beltran, who returned Wednesday for her car.

This is the first time Beltran has returned. She had no idea what being there would unleash.

"This was the most terrifying night of my life and to be driving right back into it, I mean, there's no other answer to that... It hasn't stopped replaying in my head," said Beltran.

There's no way you could pretend this is normal. Near East Reno Avenue and Koval Lane there's police tape, barricades, signs, and fragile people holding on to one another. The survivors are just getting their cars. Unlike Facebook feeds and television, though, it's tragic proof that can't be turned off.

"People are reposting these videos of people running for our lives and people on the ground and people dying and those sounds like I never am going to get rid of," said Beltran.

Coming back to the scene and seeing police tape of course is painful for people. Some will have to do it again.

"Where my car is parked at is the restricted lot right now so I have to come back," said Sabrina Smith, a survivor of Sunday's shooting.

Police say they're not planning on taking a break from one by one escorting victims back to where it all began.