British tennis star Laura Robson safe but in shock after witnessing Las Vegas shooting

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Former British No1 Laura Robson has described her shock at witnessing the Las Vegas shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more on Sunday night.

Robson, 23, was among the concertgoers at an open-air country music festival when a gunman opened fire from the balcony of a nearby hotel.

At least 58 people died and in excess of 500 more were injured in what is considered the worst shooting in recent American history.

Read more: Las Vegas shooting: Death toll rises to 58 with 515 injured in gun attack

“I’m okay. We were right there. Sounded like fireworks at first then everyone started running. Scary s**t,” she wrote on social media.

“My friend who was deeper in the crowd has been helping people who were shot. We’re all in shock.”

Robson was in Las Vegas days after playing a tournament in Templeton, California, last week, where she lost in the quarter-finals.

The Melbourne-born player reached a career-high world ranking of No27 after reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2013 but has plummeted down the rankings following a lengthy struggle with injuries.

She also won Olympic silver alongside former men’s world No1 Andy Murray at the London 2012 Olympics.

The shooting took place just after 10pm local time on Sunday. A suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Nevada, killed himself when police stormed his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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