In Vegas, Former Ark. DJ: 'Nobody Knew What Was Going On'

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - A former Arkansas DJ was in Las Vegas during Sunday's shooting that left more than 50 people dead. 

Sharpe Dunaway and his son Quint Dunaway, 18, were riding in a cab a few miles away from the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. 

The former DJ said he and his son arrived in town on Sunday for a photography conference. The shooting started shortly after 10 p.m., and Sharpe Dunaway said he and his son were in a taxi by 10:30 p.m.

"Cops and ambulances started to fly by," Sharpe Dunaway said. "Nobody knew what was going on." 

He said the cab driver turned on his radio and listened to chatter about the shooting. Drivers were instructed to get their riders out of the area and weren't allowed to park near the shooting site. 

Still trying to figure out what was happening, Sharpe Dunaway said he finally learned about the horrific incident from a phone call. Someone called to check on him and make sure he was okay. 

Sharpe Dunaway said his son was "freaked out" upon learning of the shooting, and the two of them rode back to their hotel. They were going to get food at Cheesecake Factory off the Las Vegas Strip before the shooting and decided against it. Had they gotten food, Sharpe Dunaway said they would have been stuck on the Las Vegas Strip for hours since several parts went into lockdown. 

Sharpe Dunaway is a former on-air radio personality in central Arkansas, having worked for KMJX and KKPT in Little Rock and KCON in Russellville. He now lives in Conway and owns his own video production business. 

Still, in spite of recent events, the former DJ and his son have decided not to leave early. 

"I've never felt unsafe in Vegas," he said. 

They originally planned on leaving Thursday, and Sharpe Dunaway said that's still their plan. 


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