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UPDATE: Chattanooga Rugby team safe in Las Vegas after mass shooting

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UPDATE: Members of the Chattanooga Rugby Football Club are in Las Vegas this weekend.

The presihent of the club tells Channel 3  they are staying the Luxor Hotel, which is connected to Mandalay Bay where police said the gunman was firing.

"There were people hiding under tables,” recalled Derek Hilley, president of the club, “People were running. Lot of just different ways of panic. It was a growing panic as it unfolded."

Hilley is in Las Vegas with 30 of his teammates. The rugby team played in Vegas just hours before the shooting. So none of the players were at the concert.

“Every year we take a tour, we go see a different city, we play a local rugby team, and then we have a big team bonding experience,” Hilley explained, “We see the town, we have a good time. So, this year we came to Vegas."

Hilley said at first, de didn't even realize he was hearing gun shots. However, he quickly learned the shooting was serious.

"We didn't think it was anything like it was. We had no idea what the actual situation was,” said Hilley, “But there was a growing panic amongst people as people came in off the street who had saw people who were injured."

Hilley said panic quickly spread throughout the building. Then, Hilley said, the hotel went on lock down for hours. Some of the teammates couldn't even get to their rooms.

"They had to stay at the Motel 6,” Hilley explained, “They weren't able to come back."

More than anything, Hilley is still in shock after witnessing the deadliest shooting in U.S history.

"It's sad, crazy all those words that a lot of people use,” Hilley said, “I wish we weren't having this conversation."         

Hilley said all 30 members of the team are accounted for and okay. The team will be back in Chattanooga later this week.


PREVIOUS STORY: Members of the Chattanooga Rugby Football Club are in Las Vegas this weekend. It is unclear how many players are there today.  

According to the club’s website, the team landed in Vegas on Saturday and is expected to return later this week.

The Las Vegas Irish RFC posted a picture to its Facebook page yesterday with the two teams together.  

According to teammates in Vegas, all team members are safe.

One team member, Derek Hilley, tells Channel 3 he was walking inside the casino when he heard the shots.

Hilley said many teammates were not able to get back into the hotel rooms, and had to stay the night in a motel.

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