|El Pasoans Norma Favela and husband Jaime Barceleau|
Suspect's father escaped from La Tuna in 1968
Plus: Tips for survivors
Oct. 2, 2017
El Paso County District Clerk Norma Favela Barceleau was staying at a hotel near the scene of last night’s shooting spree that killed and injured hundreds of people.
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Favela was in Las Vegas accompanying her husband, Jaime Barceleau, who was attending a conference. Favela and Barceleau checked in early today on Facebook to let friends and family know that they were safe.
(Photos of Las Vegas today by Norma Favela)
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“A few hundred of us ended up being herded through hallways until they locked us in a ballroom of the hotel for about 3 to 3-1/2 hours.”
The suspect's father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, had escaped in 1968 from La Tuna prison in Anthony, Texas, while serving a 20-year sentence for bank robbery, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, in Orlando, Florida, where Paddock's mother and brother live. The father made the FBI's Most Wanted list and was captured 10 years later.
News videos showed the festival area was filled with dead and injured people who were piled up on top of each other.
“I tried to sleep but I couldn’t. I just tossed and turned,” Favela said.
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Video of hotel lock-down Las Vegas hotel lockdown
* Prepare for the unexpected.
* Notify family, friends of travel plans, where and how long you expect to be gone.
* Keep smartphone battery charged when away from hotel, vehicle.
* In case you survive an attack or natural catastrophe, use social media to notify of your status, where you are, what hospital you're in, who else is with you, etc.
* When possible, help others around you to also notify their contacts.
* Make note of details in case law enforcement wants to interview you later.
* Consider professional counseling after witnessing or living through a traumatic event.