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Golfers from Richmond, Ind. at Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas when shooting started

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 20:44:45-04

RICHMOND, Ind. -- Five golfers for the Elks Country Club in Richmond, Ind. were staying at The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas for a ProAm tournament when gunfire broke out on Sunday.

"Three or four hundred people started running toward me. Frightened faces. I could tell that something was wrong. I just got up fast and I had a feeling the shooter was coming this way. I hid in the bathroom for 20 minutes," said Zack Palmer,  golf pro at the Elks Club

When Palmer finally made it to an elevator, he encountered a couple that had been at the concert when the shots were fired.

"They were hysterical. She was crying. He was shaken real bad. She said they had just gotten back from the concert. They had been laying on the ground for one-and-a-half hours watching multiple casualties. They were just laying there, praying they would be okay," said Palmer.

Phil Earlywine said he heard about the shooting on Twitter, but didn't know many details.

"I thought well bleep. He might be right outside shooting. We just can't hear it. We're in a casino. It's loud and everybody is screaming and running. I thought, I need to get out of here," said Earlywine.

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All of the golfers are okay, but there were anxious moments back in Richmond about their well-being.

"I sent an email out to all our members to let them be aware, if they weren't already aware, that our guys were out there and they were all safe, all safe and sound, " said Terry Bunch, Elks Lodge #649 General Manager.

The golfers will arrive back in Richmond on Thursday.

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