Release of 1 October videos spark raw emotion for survivor still trying to heal

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Earlier this week Metro Police held a news conference about the hours of 1 October videos 9-1-1 calls and documents that were ordered by the courts to be released to the media. In that conference, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that those videos could hurt the surviving victims of the shooting and their families.

“I want the community to know that the release of the videos, 911, and documents will have a significant impact on the victims of this tragedy,” Sheriff Lombardo said.  “We believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community; for that, we apologize.”

However, while fighting the records’ release in court, Metro Police never used the argument that what was in them could hurt the public.

While there is, no doubt, traumatic, sensitive information being released is information that many may have no desire ever to see it, others say knowing is what helps them to heal.

One 1 October survivor 8 News NOW spoke with says she understands the fascination, but it’s still difficult.     

“Seven months later and it still gets me, said Heather Gooze, 1 October survivor.  “I don’t need to see videos of the guns that shot at us.  I was trampled. I was with two of the angels.” 

Heather says she’s still trying to heal from that night.

“Everything is a hurdle,” Gooze said. “And this is a huge hurdle that we have to get through.”

It’s a hurdle she now faces as Metro Police makes records from that night public for the first time. 

“Do I think it’s right that it’s being released? 100 percent, no,” Gooze, said.  “The majority of us don’t want to relive that night.” 

In fact, some survivors, including Gooze are posting their opinions about the release of these videos and documents on social media.

“I’m asking you don’t tag me, text me, or call me about any of it,” one message was written on social media.

That message and others are starting to circulate around Facebook.

“I found out who it was that originally started it, Gooze said, It was “a girl named Alisha, who’s one of our survivor family.”

The message is clear: Think before sharing. 

“I don’t need to see video of what killed our 58 angels,” Gooze said. 

The first of many videos, 911 tapes and documents  expected to come out over the next few months. 

“I don’t think it respects; I don’t think it honors. I don’t think that it does what it’s supposed to do, which is give us answers,” said Gooze. 

However, Gooze says she aims to find a positive in this situation. 

“I hope that it keeps you know the discussion alive about honoring our angels about preventing gun violence keeping this from happening again.”

Lisa Fine, the co-founder, Route91Strong, and gun shooting survivor sent the following statement: 

“While disturbing to watch, at this moment in time, what matters are the survivors of this tragedy and the many tragedies like it. Route91Strong recognizes the important work of law enforcement. Route91Strong focuses on the survivors, their families, and friends. Hundreds of thousands are affected by gun violence every year. We want to ensure survivors receive the healthcare they need, the emotional support they deserve, the financial aid they are entitled to.”

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is reminding survivors to reach out if the videos trigger anything.

The center is also offering tips for dealing with stress or anxiety that the records may cause: That includes taking deep breaths and counting to ten slowly. 

View a full list of the other tips from the center here.

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