Copley couple who escaped the Las Vegas mass shooting is expecting their first baby
6:52 PM, Oct 5, 2017
6:53 PM, Oct 5, 2017
COPLEY, Ohio - Five minutes before the gunfire erupted, Will and Jonette Dies posed for a smiling picture with friends at a county concert along the Las Vegas strip. Then, all hell broke loose.
"A noise like that I don't think you'll ever forget. I don't think a movie makes that kind of noise," Will said. "That repetitive gunfire all in a row and the way it was cracking and sounds off multiple buildings."
After hearing the noise for about a minute, it started to sink in that bullets were being fired into the crowd, but it seemed impossible to figure where the shots were coming from.
"They're echoing so I'm thinking somebody is in the front of the stage just loading rounds off at everybody," Jonette said.
Just days before the trip, the couple learned they were ten weeks pregnant after trying to have a baby for a few years.
Now, in the chaos, Will hurried his wife under a table where about 20 others were hiding.
"You started seeing people fall and Jason Aldean, you saw him look to the side. They turned on the lights and he ran off the stage," Will recalled.
When Jonette looked out from under the table, she saw many of the injured.
"Everywhere I looked, people were shot and hurt," she said. "I thought I might die and then I got this overwhelming feeling. I don't know if it was a spiritual thing. I just said a prayer and I was like, 'We're gonna be okay.'"
A short time later, Will decided the couple needed to get further away from the gunfire which continued to ricochet around the plaza.
They made a run for it, and kept running - up to a mile - before they eventually hunkered down in a warehouse with others.
They're grateful to be home and counting their blessings to be alive, but remain heartbroken for so many others.
"How many that went there together and came home on an airplane alone. My heart breaks for those people," Will said.
While the couple can't stop thinking of the tragedy, they're also focusing on their happy news.
On Thursday, they saw their first ultrasound of their baby. He or she is due next May.
"It absolutely changes your outlook on everything you do. Now, it's not just about us. It's about us and our baby," Will said.