Northeast Wisconsin locals recall Las Vegas attack

LAS VEGAS (WBAY) -- Action 2 News spoke with two women in Las Vegas at the time of the attack who call Northeast Wisconsin home.

Cassie Molkentin, of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, was visiting Las Vegas for business.

She was in the lobby of her hotel on the strip when, “Suddenly it was like a herd, a stampede. Everybody was running straight towards us. And people were yelling, 'Shooter! Shooter!'” she recalls.

Unsure the number of shooters or whether the situation was still active, Molkentin found refuge in the corner of her hotel on the Strip, hiding there for hours.

“People come around the corner, they'd look at me like, 'are you going to shoot me?' And I'm looking at them like, 'are you going to shoot me?'”

Molkentin tells us the experience was “surreal,” but in the end it was a stranger who brought her solace.

“The airline attendant, she noticed that something was wrong with me. And she said, 'Are you okay?' and I said, 'I’m not,'” Molkentin says. “She brought me to the front of the plane and she hugged me. And that just felt -- like I didn't feel real.”

Cera Stolpe, of Green Bay, was in Las Vegas celebrating her mother’s 60th birthday. Her group was headed toward the Mandalay Bay Hotel when the first set of shots rang out.

At first, Stolpe says she didn’t think it was real.

“I was thinking, 'Oh my god, this is so cool! They're making a movie,'” she recalls. “Then it was like slow motion. There was people running from the concert and they were crying, and it just sort of clicked very slowly. And we figured out, oh my god, this is real."

Stolpe and different members of her group were separated for hours during the attack, keeping in touch through their cell phones. After the phones died, friendly Samaritans offered their phones to use, as well as water bottles and blankets.

“Little things that meant the world at the time,” she says.

Stolpe and her group were able to reunite safely. They are now headed back to Northeast Wisconsin.

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