In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Web.com Tour player AJ McInerney has revealed how he was "lucky to be alive" after being caught up in atrocities.
The 23-year-old Las Vegas native didn't qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals so instead of playing in Atlantic Beach over the weekend, decided to go home for the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival concert series along with his girlfriend, Alyssa Martine.
The two were near the stage when Jason Aldean came on to perform the headlining act. Moments later, shots rang out from the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel in a massacre that left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
"I saw people to the left and right of me get shot," McInerney told Global Golf Post. "I could hear the bullets hit people. You could see the bullets hitting the ground right beside you. I don't know what a war zone is like, but it felt like we were sitting ducks."
Martine tweeted that McInerney at one point shielded her from the gunfire. The two were eventually able to escape along with Martine's brother and ran to McInerney's nearby truck, at which point they crammed 14 people into his Chevy Tahoe and fled the scene.
"I can't tell you how lucky I feel that not anything happened to me," McInerney said. "I can't quite understand why nothing happened. A lot of people weren't so lucky, and we have to keep those people in our prayers."