Stateline Residents’ First-Hand Experience at Mandalay Bay Shooting


Several Stateline residents experienced first-hand what happened at the shooting at Mandalay Bay Resort.

Ben and Ashley Lipnitzky said their friend, a Machesney Park resident, was shot in the leg.  A close friend and neighbor spoke to the tragedy in Las Vegas, and said she was shocked when she heard the news.

“Your worst fear is to go somewhere and not be able to come home to your kids,” said Yvonne Eckberg.   It’s a fear that almost became a reality for the Lipnitzkys.  They were among the crowd of 22,000 concert goers that were seeking shelter as bullets rang out from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.  Amid what is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history,  Ben and Ashley Lipnitzky from Machesney Park got to safety, uninjured.  However, their neighbor says a close friend of their’s was not as fortunate.

“One our friends was actually hit in the leg,” said Eckberg.

The unidentified Machesney Park man was shot once.  The Lipnitzky’s say a bullet grazed him.  Eckberg says when she heard the news, it was an eye opener for everyone.

“My husband called me first thing this morning to let me know what had happened,” said Eckberg.  “He was in shock about the whole thing.  It was very shocking and it’s just a horrific thing.”

Even though Eckberg’s closest friends are physically all right, the mental scars this tragedy will leave behind will take some time to recover from.

“I just feel really bad for them and everybody else that had to go through this.  It’s going to be a very troublesome time,” said Eckberg.  “I know it’s going to take Ben and Ashley awhile and all our other friends as well.”

Family members expect the Lipnitzky’s to return Monday evening.

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