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Ross newlyweds aid terrified, bloodied Las Vegas concert-goers

Matthew Medsger
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Jerry and Jacquelyn (Parker) Fabiszewski got married Friday in Las Vegas and on Sunday night encountered a couple who was at the Jason Aldean massacre scene.
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Jerry and Jacquelyn (Parker) Fabiszewski got married Friday in Las Vegas and on Sunday night encountered a couple who was at the Jason Aldean massacre scene.

Jerry and Jacquelyn Fabiszewski flew to Las Vegas with friends to get married Friday.

The weekend was supposed to include some fun, a little relaxation and the start of the rest of their lives.

But when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers about 10 p.m. local time, the newlyweds' last night of revelry before coming home to Ross Township turned to panic and chaos.

The newlyweds were staying at the MGM Grand Hotel, about a mile away from the concert massacre scene.

“We had a really great wedding; we had a great night, and everything was perfect,” Jacquelyn Parker Fabiszewski said Monday upon their arrival back at Pittsburgh International Airport. “We just got back from a really nice dinner with friends. We're getting into (the hotel), and people started screaming about a shooter.

“I was terrified. It was like a scary movie.”

“It was mobs of people running in different directions — just lots of chaos,” Jerry Fabiszewski said.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said at least 59 were dead and more than 500 more were injured when Stephen C. Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., opened fire on more than 22,000 people attending a Jason Aldean concert across the street from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Paddock apparently killed himself as police used explosives to blast into the hotel room where he had a stockpile of more than a dozen guns.

The shooting is being described as the worst in U.S. history.

Jacquelyn Fabiszewski said injured victims started to flow into the MGM Grand lobby.

“Everyone was just running, and they were trying to not let us out,” she said. “There were injured people coming into the hotel lobby. People were snaking all over the floors, terrified.”

Fabiszewski said she was “freaking out” but her new husband stayed calm and steered them both outside and away from the panicked crowd.

Encounter with terrified concert-goers

When the couple hit the Las Vegas Strip, they encountered another couple they described as young and terrified. The pair had blood splattered on them.

The girl told Jacquelyn Fabiszewski she had fled the scene of the shooting and there were dead bodies everywhere.

Jerry Fabiszewski found the four of them a cab, and they drove away from the chaos. While they were in the cab, the girl, whom Jacquelyn Fabiszewski didn't name but described as being about 20 years old, wouldn't lift her head above window level, preferring to huddle out of sight.

“She was so scared. I just held on to her,” Fabiszewski said. “She just kept saying over and over that there were bodies everywhere.

“That poor girl will probably never be the same. She'll carry this with her for the rest of her life.”

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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