Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas brought back uncomfortable memories for Golden Tate and his wife, Elise.
Speaking with the Associated Press on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions wide receiver recalled an incident in December 2012 in which he, Elise and several of his Seattle Seahawks teammates survived a deadly shooting in a Seattle bar.
It was just after 1 a.m. at Munchbar at Bellevue Square about 10 miles east of Seattle, on Dec. 24, 2012 when the first shots rang out amidst more than 600 people in the venue.
Ultimately, a 30-year-old Seattle man was killed and another man was wounded, but everyone else escaped largely unharmed. Still, the experience is one that has stuck with Golden and Elise Tate. So much so, he finds himself looking for exits every time he enters a building.
“It’s just mind-blowing,” he told the AP. “I just don’t understand what’s going on. When we go in places, no matter we are, we try to look at the exits because you don’t have much time when stuff like that happens. We find the exits and if we’re out and about, we try to hang out within reach of cheap elite jerseys the exits so we can get out of there quick.”
Tate remembers the night at Munchbar, particularly how he pushed his wife down and jumped on top of her upon hearing gunshots.
She sustained a concussion from the force of the maneuver, Tate told the AP, and ultimately cut her foot on broken glass as they ran to a bathroom to hide.
“I’m thinking, ‘Did she get shot?’ I just see blood in different places so I kind of freaked out,” he told the AP. “We took her to the hospital, which was not too far away. Had to bum a ride with a random person to get her to the hospital. They fixed her all up and mentally, she was traumatized. To this day, her hearing has been affected, very small, but one sound or tone kind of bothers her.”
Elise Tate posted a similar message to Instagram on Oct. 2 recalling the night gunshots rattled through the Seattle bar.
“Only a few shots were fired but deadly in the shooting I was in, but in Vegas, there was 10 minutes of active rounds,” a portion of the post reads.
“I can’t stop thinking about the pain I went through and multiplying that by thousands for what these people have and are going through. The trauma and panic and chaos these innocent people endured will be a long, long, long healing process. God bless those whose lives were taken. Please pray for everyone there.”
The Las Vegas attack on a Las Vegas concert by gunman Stephen Paddock is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history with 59 killed and 530 wounded.
Tate, drafted out of Notre Dame, played for the Seahawks from 2010 to 2013. On March 12, 2014, he signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions.