One of the survivors of the Las Vegas shooting is speaking out with an incredible claim – he believes there was more than one shooter, and that someone may have been shooting in the crowd.
Rocky Palermo was shot in the pelvis in the October 1 mass shooting that left 58 dead. He is an avid hunter, and is familiar with gunfire, and he believes someone was in the crowd firing bullets. He told federal agents that he believes there were as many as three to five shooters.
In the video below, Palermo describes his experience exclusively with The Blast. He claims after he took cover with others behind a car, outside of the view of the hotel sniper perch, he began taking fire again, from ground level. He describes the sound of bullets whizzing by him. He said he knows the bullets were coming from a different direction, and the sound of shots got closer and louder.
Palermo also says that exits to Las Vegas Boulevard, which were open every night of the concert festival, were closed when the shooting began, leaving only one exit for thousands of people. That leads him to believe someone on the ground locked spectators in like “pigs sitting in a corral.”
The Blast spoke with Rocky Palermo, who has 30-40 pieces of bullet shrapnel still inside his body after taking a .223 round to the pelvis. He says the bullet was inches from paralyzing or even killing him.
Palermo strongly believes there were between 3-5 active shooters during the attack because as he ran away from the initial gunfire, he describes bullets not only raining down, but flying horizontally at the crowd.
Palermo — an avid hunter familiar with guns and ballistics — says the different trajectories of gunfire was extremely evident, even in the midst of chaos.
He is skeptical of the information being given by authorities regarding Stephen Paddock being a “lone wolf” gunman and has a theory as to why cops don’t buy it.
Further, Palermo is questioning why certain exits out of the venue were suddenly closed off just before the shooting, but claims the same exits were open during the previous nights of the concert.
Palermo says he relayed his theory to the FBI during an interview while being discharged from the hospital, but has not heard any follow up since.
Here is video of his interview.
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