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Cincinnati residents in Vegas: 'It was just total chaos, panic, fear'

Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting near the casino, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Source: John Locher/AP Photo) Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting near the casino, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Source: John Locher/AP Photo)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Steve Henry and his fiancé won tickets to the country concert that turned into the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history.

Henry said they decided to leave early. His fiancé headed to bed, and he went to a casino.

A short time later, Henry said crowds of people running flooded into the casino.

Unsure what was happening, he joined them.

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"You could just sense the panic and the fear in everybody," Henry said. "I felt that I was running for my life. I went from slot machine to slot machine. Everybody was looking. It was just total chaos, total panic and total fear."

Henry ended up with a group in an alley police called a "safe zone."

They were forced to stay put until police gave them the all clear.

Now, Henry said he is left with images and memories he'll never forget.

"The fear that was in the crowd, and everybody screaming and running, even though I didn't know what had happened, right away I knew it was something bad," he said.

Henry is back home now. 

He and his fiancé landed at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Monday night.

That's not the case for all local residents in Vegas.

Local videographer Simion Collins is still there.

"I saw the tanks from the Coast Guard, and they were telling us run, run, run to the parking garage," Collins said.

He said he is still trying to comprehend what happened and process the things he saw and heard along the strip.

"It was really crazy because I was on top of the Mandalay Bay rooftop before it happened, like literally an hour, was looking down on the concert from the rooftop before it happened, so it was pretty surreal for me," Collins said.

Both men are struggling to grasp the grief and immense tragedy that took place before them.

Two flights from Vegas will be landing at CVG on Tuesday, bringing home more passengers who may be affected by the events that unfolded.

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