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Leeward Oahu native helps the wounded at Las Vegas concert massacre

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The shooting happened across the street from a country music festival. The shooting happened across the street from a country music festival.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -

Several people with Hawaii ties witnessed the concert massacre in Las Vegas Sunday night.

Brandon Kalaaukahi is from the Leeward side of Oahu, he said when he heard the gunshots fired from the Mandalay Bay, he thought it was fireworks. 

"Before I knew it there was everybody just running, saying somebody is shooting," said Kalaaukahi.  

Kalaaukahi described the crowd running from the Route 91 Harvest Festival as a stampede..

"They were trying to run away, and there were wounded victims, and they ended up, they didn't make it too far, and they were actually laying in the road," he recalled. 

Kalaaukahi was one of many who tried to help the wounded. 

"I wasn't really thinking, I was just trying to help people get to safety," he said. 

As chaos unfolded on the Las Vegas Strip, Kekoa Inkster, from Kailua-Kona ran for cover. Inkster is on vacation and had plans to catch a show at the Luxor that night. The resort and casino is located right next the Mandalay Bay. Inkster said he was walking from Caesar's Palace, and was halfway to the Luxor when the shooting happened.  

"The hotel that we were in front of, everybody went inside, and they just cleared the whole strip, blocked off all the roads," said Inkster.   

"I know of people that were working on the strip at the time that were locked down at their jobs, or people who knew people that were shot," said Jill Munemitsu. 

Munemitsu is a Maui native and owner of Kama'aina Magazine in Las Vegas. She's one of many former Hawaii residents who attended the Pure Aloha Festival that night, just four miles away from the musical festival.

"We were all affected, even if we weren't there at that concert, this is our home away from home, it's been mine for 23 years, and it breaks my heart that this has happened here," said Munemitsu.  

"It's still, got me a little shaken up because I was actually there," said Kalaaukahi. 

As shaken as they are, many former Hawaii residents still stand ready to help.

"I had to go to the blood bank today to see if I could donate blood, and I'm still trying to see if I can help people out," said Kalaaukahi.  
 

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