Wrong turn causes metro Detroit family to miss Las Vegas shooting

- A wrong turn turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to one Michigan family. The McMechans were supposed to be at Sunday night's concert in Las Vegas, but a twist of fate put them on a different path.

A father and two sons decided to get together in Las Vegas and enjoy some country music. They were at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival the night before, but what they call a twist of fate kept them from going back on Sunday.

"We ended up taking a wrong turn at the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and we ended up getting back at 9:30," says Sam McMechan. "So my brother and I decided it was too late to go to the concert we decided to take a walk down the street."

The three were in the streets when chaos broke out and the shooting started.

"We were walking down the strip and we saw police cars, helicopters, ambulances go by," says Sam. "I looked at my brother and said Las Vegas could be a place where a terrorist would attack because there's all kinds of people. Sure enough, it was going on as we were talking about such horrific events."

"I had friends working the concert from Detroit," says Matt McMechan. "We got there late the next day because of faulty directions and, lo and behold, the first thing I did when I found out was call all my friends that were staying at the hotel and make sure everyone is alright."

As we now know, 59 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured in the shooting. Two injured victims were from Detroit, but are expected to recover.

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