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Local mother who escaped Las Vegas shooting shares story

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YUMA, Ariz. - Like many country music fans, a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting said, "it sounded like firecrackers."

The woman, from Chandler, Ariz. but has close family and friends living in Yuma, describes chaos after a gunman opened fire.

Janny Copeland and her two friends were in the crowd when shots filled the air Sunday night. Her friend, Noble Atkins, was struck by two bullets on his right wrist.

Copeland says she had been waiting for a year to attend the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. However, in an instance, she found herself running away from gunfire. With the help of strangers, they were able to put Atkins in a truck while Copeland and her friend found safety. 

Copeland says there was one bad guy and thousands of good people. 

 "I don’t want any thought or attention to go to that person. I want it to go to the people who are not whole anymore, the people who saved other people, and you know the music," said Copeland. 

Atkins has already been through three surgeries and is doing okay. The family has set up a GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/lauren-noble-atkins account to help with medical expenses. 


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