Cindy Wilds said she was near the front of the stage listening to Jason Aldean when she heard gunshots, saw people dropping to the ground around her, and running for cover.
Wilds said she was with a friend. Both looked at each other and realized they needed to move. We spoke to her over FaceTime as she waited for her flight home from the Atlanta airport.
“We grabbed onto each other’s hand and ran,” Wilds said. “I don’t think I’ve ever run so fast. When the shooting started we ducked down and tried to find a safe place it was craziness. There were 22,000 people in there, five exits, and everyone is trying to get out at once; it was pandemonium.”
Wilds said she didn’t realize how bad things were until she got back to her hotel room.
“We were glued to the TV set that night watching everything that was going on and then the fatalities started coming in and we realized we could’ve been one of those,” Wilds said.
As investigators release new information about the shooter Wilds said she doesn’t care about his motive. Tonight, she wants to get home to her husband in Sarasota, give him a hug, and try and get back to a normal life.
“We were in the line of fire and we had a guardian angel watching over us,” Wilds said. “I know it’s going to be very emotional. Glad I survived a lot of people can’t say that.”