A PENARTH couple have described the terrifying moment they were locked in a theatre during the mass shooting in Las Vegas which killed 59 people.

Roy Holloway and his wife Emma, from the Caversham Park area, were in the city for Mr Holloway’s 50th birthday celebrations and to renew their wedding vows.

They were at a show in the theatre at the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip when gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the same building.

Paddock shot into crowds at the Route 91 Harvest Festival injuring more than 500 people in addition to those he killed, before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Holloway said: “The show stopped then we were told to get on the floor, out of the line of fire. It was a very scary moment.”

l Continued on page 5 “We were told someone was trying to get through the locked door of the theatre.

“It turned very serious for everyone in here but now the situation is okay.

“Vegas is eerily quiet. We were finally allowed out at around 6am and had to walk to the Luxor with armed police and were told not to go near the strip.”

In the commotion that followed, they struggled to find a taxi to take them back to their hotel and say they overheard one driver announcing to the taxi queue that he would only take Americans.

“We weaved our way over to the MGM and got a cab from there eventually,” said Mrs Holloway. “There are people sleeping downstairs in our hotel. Awful.”

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with authorities in Las Vegas and that it was “ready to help” any British people affected.

A spokeswoman said: “Our sympathies are with all those affected by the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

“Details about the incident are still emerging and we are in contact with Las Vegas emergency services. We are ready to help any British people affected.

“Any British people in Las Vegas should follow the advice of emergency services, and check the Foreign Office travel advice.”