Krish Sidhu in lockdown in the employee gym at the Mandalay Bay hotel Sunday evening.

‘Surreal’ moment for South Surrey man held in lockdown in Las Vegas

Gunman killed 58 people as the Mandalay Bay Hotel was put on lockdown

It was just after 10 p.m. in Las Vegas when Krish Sidhu heard someone yell “shots fired.”

Sidhu, the founder and CEO of Hollywood-based Gillson Media Group who was raised on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, had just left a networking event on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel to sit down at a poker table when people were all of a sudden running past him.

A lone gunman had just opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel, spraying bullets from an automatic weapon into a country concert below.

Las Vegas police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that at least 58 people were gunned down and more than 500 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

READ: 58 killed in mass shooting in Las Vegas

The gunman was identified as “as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada.”

Although the so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, FBI officials said they had no intelligence to suggest any connections to international terrorist groups and Lombardo described Paddock as “a lone wolf.”

Sidhu described the panicked scene around him as “very crazy” as he and a group of about 30 people were shuffled into a lockdown area in the employee gym area of the hotel basement.

Off to Vegas again. #jordan #23 #healthiswealth #richinhealth #vegas #tomford

A post shared by Krish Sidhu (@krishsidhu23) on

As they waited, a SWAT team broke into the gunman’s room. Lombardo confirmed that the 64-year-old was found dead, likely of a self-inflicted wound.

A few hours later, Sidhu and the others were transferred to an employee dining room and were held in lockdown from around 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday morning.

“In the first hour, we didn’t really know what was going on, but we all had phones, we were getting live feeds and the TVs were working so we could watch the news.”

Sidhu, who is staying at the nearby Palms Hotel, explained authorities were searching the entire Mandalay Bay hotel room by room before they could release anyone from lockdown.

While he describes the incident as “surreal,” Sidhu said the incident will not prevent him from travelling.

“You never expect such a random thing to happen, but it can happen anywhere at anytime.”

Just Posted

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner bids farewell in tearful State of City Address

Outgoing mayor announces Director of Housing, looks back at Surrey’s evolution, and pokes fun at her ‘media missteps’

Surrey woman’s ‘tell-all’ book aims to help those struggling with domestic violence

Second book details abusive marriage, how people failed her

Surrey district cop station closed by sewer backup

People seeking criminal records checks and other services can get help at any of the other stations

Supportive housing opponent says 110-year-old document should prevent development

Proposed site for Cloverdale project is on land gifted to city by Joseph Shannon in 1908

SURREY EVENTS GUIDE for Sept. 19 and beyond

Concerts, festivals, plays and more in our weekly calendar

VIDEO: White Rock mayor attacks ‘fearmongering’ candidates

Wayne Baldwin condemns anti-highrise petition, saying Democracy Direct candidates ‘not fit for office’

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read

l -->