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"Please don't let me get shot in the head:" concert survivor recalls terrifying moments escaping bullets

Concert goers in a panic after shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. (Credit: Peter Violas) Concert goers in a panic after shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. (Credit: Peter Violas)

Survivors told FOX10 News they're thankful to be alive, after witnessing fellow festival-goers being gunned down next to them. 

One of those people, Peter Violas, who has friends from Spanish Fort, happened to be recording video on his cell phone near the front row of the Jason Aldean concert when the first round of shots went off.

The video shows it took a moment for concert-goers to realize the horrifying reality, but as Aldean fled the stage, people in the crowd began shouting "get down," and other people started yelling for help as someone among them had just been shot. 

Then, the video shows terror struck again... another round of gunfire. 

Violas explained what he saw after he put his cell phone back in his pocket to duck for cover.

"A young boy who had been standing next to us for four hours, he stood up to see where the bullets were coming from, and that's when he got hit in the chest... just watching him get hit and fall and die, oh my god," Violas recalled. 

Then, Violas and his wife hid under the stage as bullets continued to fly. 

"We were just sitting ducks, and we knew we couldn't stay there, or we were going to get hit, it was only a matter of time, so we jumped over the wall, and crawled about 100 feet to the stage and hid under the stage," he said. 

After waiting for another few minutes, Violas said they literally ran for their lives as fast as they could to a nearby hotel. 

"When I processed that we were being shot at, it was just a matter of 'please don't let me get shot in the head, please don't let me get shot in the chest,' it was coming to terms with my mortality, I texted my daughter, told her I loved her always. I just wanted her to know that," said Violas with tears in his eyes. 

Now, he is grateful to be alive and breathing, and encourages others to never take a day for granted. 

"If this isn't a second or third chance, I don't know what is. This is the mother of all second chances.  You've got to put things into perspective.  What's important is being alive," Violas said. 

To watch his cell phone video of the incident, click play on the video above. 

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