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Former Reading officer, girlfriend flee gunfire in Las Vegas

'We jumped the barricade and ran'

Former Reading officer, girlfriend...

A former Berks County couple are grateful to be alive after escaping the massacre in Las Vegas. They said they were in the front row of the concert late Sunday night when the gunman opened fire on the sold-out crowd of thousands.

"We knew it was real and that it was gunshots once Jason Aldean ran off stage," said Ashley Sannino, who now lives in Lancaster County. "You could see him look to his security or to somebody, and he ran."

Sannino said she and her boyfriend, Richard Guack, quickly ducked and covered their heads

"All the security guards that were in front of us told us to stay," she said. "They told us to stop running and to get down."

But Sannino's boyfriend, a former Reading police officer who now works in East Hempfield Township Lancaster County, said they had to get out of there.

"Once the shooting paused, we jumped the barricade and ran," said Sannino.

The couple ran for their lives for 15 minutes, aiding those that needed help along the way.

"There were spiked fences, and my boyfriend actually had to push a girl off of one because she had impaled her leg and she was stuck and hung up on the fence," she recalled.

They finally found somewhere they thought was safe.

"We ran all the way to Desert Rose Hotel. There were people waving us in," said Sannino.

"We were in closets. We were under beds, under tables, on the kitchen floor. The guys in the room, there were probably a little over 20 of us all together, they were grabbing knives," she said. "I mean, we were ready to fight."

The group stayed on guard until around 4 a.m. Then, the bruised and banged up couple made it back to their hotel.  Sannino said her boyfriend's police training is the only reason she's alive.

"You need to run, hide and then fight, and that's exactly what we did," she said. "If we wouldn't have and if he wasn't there, I wouldn't have known to do that. I would have just stayed."

At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured in the attack. You can learn a little bit about some of those who lost their lives in the gallery below.


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