In the midst of all the confusion and fear during the Las Vegas shootings, a young man rose up and saved 30 people while sustaining a gunshot wound himself.
30-year-old Johnathan Smith was watching country singer Jason Aldean when the shooting started. Although concert goers didn’t know it at the time, they were being shot at from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Smith was there with his older brother, Louis Rust and two nieces. After rushing them to safety, he turned back to help other people.
“Active shooter, let’s go!” yelled Smith as concert goers stood motionless, in shock from the commotion. Smith pushed people towards the parking area.
“I got a few people out of there,” he said in Washington Post interview.
As he set his eyes on a group of kids to take to safety, Smith was hit with a bullet in the neck that fractured his collarbone, cracked his rib and bruised his lung.
“I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life,” said Smith. Doctors have decided to leave the bullet alone to avoid further injury.
Smith might not have been here today to talk about his act of heroism if it wasn’t for an off-duty police officer who was able to get the bleeding under control and get him to the hospital.
“I would want someone to do the same for me, “says Smith, who told the Washington Post that he doesn’t see himself as a hero.
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(Source: The Independent)
(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)