Metro Detroit woman's dad shot trying to help people during Las Vegas massacre

Posted at 6:51 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 18:51:27-04

When one metro-Detroit woman saw news of the horrific attack in Las Vegas she immediately worried about one person.

“I am scared for my dad. I knew he was working that night,” said Daisy Jasman.

Her dad is a custodian at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. When Jasman, who used to live in Las Vegas, but now lives in Ypsilanti, learned about the shooting at the Mandalay Bay she immediately got on the phone. It seemed like forever before her family could finally find her dad  who works at the resort as a custodian. 

“He was picking up trash inside a bathroom and he heard a bunch of screaming and firecrackers. It sounded like firecrackers to him. He said there were bodies laying on the floor. There were people trying to help still,” said Jasman.

Her dad, Gabriel Velasquez didn’t run when he saw chaos.  He tried to direct people to shelter. 

“He just saw people running away and he saw a woman. He described her as bleeding from head to toe. He was trying to get people inside the bathroom and noticed that he had blood on his arm and didn’t know if it was his or someone else and then he noticed it was coming from his arm.”

After the shooting finally stopped Velasquez was able to find help. He is now in the hospital, expected to make a full recovery from a bullet wound to his arm.  Daisy is still worried about a friend no one can get in contact with. 

“I haven’t heard anything from her. I know she was going to the concert. Her dad hasn’t heard from her,” said Jasman. 

She is at her home in Ypsilanti, praying and hoping for good news.