Woman says she felt like ‘sitting duck’ during Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (KSWB) -- "A sitting duck." One Southern California woman described her experience during Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas.

Ranee Canelo and her mother were enjoying the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when all of a sudden they heard what sounded like fireworks.

“Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba! So many in a row,” Canelo said. “Jason Aldean was still performing. I was looking at him as a cue to find out if things were okay or not. Then, he runs off the stage and the whole stage goes black. I was one of the first people to start moving. I just grabbed my mom by the wrist and said, 'We have to get out of here.'"

Then again, gunfire rattled the air and they immediately hit the ground.

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“I just remember laying there hearing these gunshots go off and you just feel so helpless. There’s nothing you can do, but just hope one of them doesn’t hit you,” Canelo said.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 2 people dead. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01:  A person lies on the ground covered with blood at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01:  A person lies on the ground at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: (People carry a peson at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: A man in a wheelchair is taken away from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Canelo said when the gunfire stopped she yelled for her mother to run. Eventually, they made it past the gate and ran into the darkness.

“My throat is sore today from how high and how loud I was screaming,” she told FOX 5, adding how everyone went into survival mode. “I helped throw rocks through a glass wall of a building and kicked it down."

Many people took shelter in the building before making their way to an airport hangar, then to UNLV.

“There was a man with a gunshot wound to his leg. My mom is a registered nurse so she went over to help him,” Canelo said. "He was okay. People were just helping each other and making sure they were okay."

Canelo will never forget the series of events.

“My thoughts are more how lucky I am? Why not me? Why did we get the chance? We survived and other people just weren’t so lucky,” Canelo said.

She told FOX 5 it will probably take some time for her to be able to step into a large crowd again.

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