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KTVO employee in Vegas during mass shooting

KTVO Promotions and Interactive Manager Dan Magruder and is wife are staying at a hotel just over a mile from where the mass shooting happened. (Dan Magruder/KTVO)

A KTVO employee is vacationing in Las Vegas this week.

Dan Magruder and his wife, Denise, of Kirksville, are staying at hotel just a little over a mile down the Las Vegas Strip from Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, where a gunman fired a machine gun from his hotel room Sunday night into a crowd of people at a nearby outdoor concert, killing almost 60 and injuring well over 500.

On Monday, police blocked off a several-block section of The Strip on either side of Mandalay Bay.

Magruder said the biggest thing he noticed different was an increased police presence in the city.

“Most of the shops… we were in this afternoon [had] more security than what we’ve noticed in the past,” Magruder said.

He said he and his wife didn't even know the tragedy had happened until someone from back home called them early Monday morning to ask them if they were alright.

"We got in early yesterday (Sunday) morning so we were kind of tired. We were in bed by 10 o'clock, and then it happened right after that,” Magruder said. “I woke up in the middle of the night and heard sirens, but didn't really think anything about it, went right back to sleep."

Magruder sent a picture showing flags around Las Vegas flying at half-staff in honor of those killed in Sunday’s night's mass shooting.

He says he shook several police officers' hands and thanked them for keeping him and his wife safe.

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