When the bullets first rang out over Mandalay Bay, Mike Dempsey knew he had to take cover fast.
He was outside by the hotel pool when suddenly he was one of the thousands fleeing for their lives after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers nearby.
“I was right under where he was firing so that was probably the scariest part,” he told The Raleigh News & Observer. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this incident could have happened. But unfortunately, it could happen anywhere, anytime.”
This wasn’t the first time Dempsey was running for his life in the middle of a national tragedy. Just 16 years earlier he was working inside of the World Trade Center Tower 2 when a plane struck the building.
The images of people running for their lives in Vegas was eerily similar to the ones he saw during the 9/11 attack.
“Those are images you can’t ever get over,” he said.
Miraculously, Dempsey survived both terror attacks, but the Las Vegas one brought back horrific memories.
“I was good for 48 hours and then I just tanked,” Dempsey said. “You start reliving, just little triggers and it just doesn’t go away. You start having anxiety attacks, sleepless nights.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News, CBN News