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Rochester man on Las Vegas strip at time of mass shooting describes chaos

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A Rochester man was on the Las Vegas strip at the time of the shooting that killed more than 50 people — the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

Bill Herring is a singer for the band 1916. While touring in California, the group made a trip to Las Vegas.

Herring says he was inside another casino at the time of the shooting, learning about it from a text message. He says after armed police officers came through the casino and cleared people out, he struggled to get back to his hotel for at least an hour.

News 8 spoke with Herring by phone Monday morning.

“There was heavy police presence in the area. A lot of the streets were closed off by traffic and by high tourist traffic spots,” he says. Fremont Street, and the big hotels, and the strip — all of those were pretty much on lockdown, but right now police are keeping an eye on that in case something else goes on.”

Herring and his bandmates will return to Rochester October 8.

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