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2 floors away, Salisbury man describes Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS - A Lehigh County man arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday evening for a week-long work conference. Several hours later, he had a firsthand view of the deadly chaos.

"Boom, boom, boom, boom. Each one of those sections, there was about 20-25 shots. Would stop for a few seconds and then heard more," Ben Sweeney of Salisbury Township told 69 News via Skype on Monday.

Sweeney is on the 30th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, just two floors down and one room over from where, police said, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on a sold-out a country music concert.

Sweeney said he had virtually the same view as the gunman. He said at the time of the shooting, he had no idea if the bullets were coming from inside or outside hotel.

"I actually jumped in the tub because I didn't know what else to do. I went to the tub and I started hearing helicopters, and I came back and the helicopters were shinning lights pretty much right at me at one point," he said.

Sweeney said he was so close to the shooter's room he could hear police breach it early Monday morning.

WFMZ's Bo Koltnow will have much more on his story on 69 News at 4 and 5.

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