PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island State Police detective was among those in the crowd when a gunman opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people.

The retired head of the state police, Steven O’Donnell, tells WPRO-AM that his son, 26-year-old Conor O’Donnell, called him during the shooting.

O’Donnell says he was sleeping when he got the call, and he could hear rounds in the background as Conor told him he was OK. He says his son told him to turn the TV on, then they lost contact for about an hour.

The retired colonel says once he got his girlfriend to safety, his son then worked to help the injured.

O’Donnell says both are physically OK.

This story has been corrected to show the correct spelling is Conor O’Donnell, not Connor O’Donnell.

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