After Stephen Paddock started opening fire on the massive Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival crowd in Las Vegas, one father decided to take a selfless approach to helping his fellow American.
Jonathan Smith, who is a 30yr-old Father, was able to save 30 people during the shooting before being hit by a bullet that is currently stuck in his neck.
The shooting claimed a confirmed number of 59 lives and injured hundreds more.
Jonathan was unaware that the explosions he was hearing were not fireworks, but his brother, Louis Rust, knew they were gunshots.
“Rust realized what was really going on and told the entire extended family — all nine of them — to hold hands and run. By then, it was a stampede,” reports The Washington Post.
The 30yr-old father realized his family was scattered in the crowd, including his young nieces who were of 17-22 years in age.
“He says he turned back toward the stage to look for them, he saw people hunched behind a sheriff patrol car at the northwest edge of the concert lawn. Others were so frightened they didn’t know what to do. He kept shouting, ‘Active shooter, active shooter, let’s go! We have to run,'” notes the Post. “He grabbed people and told them to follow him toward a handicapped parking area in the direction of the airport, away from Las Vegas Boulevard. It was a large field with several rows of vehicles. Smith and the others crouched down behind one of the last rows of cars.”
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“I got a few people out of there,” said Smith. “You could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard.”
‘While the man was urging young girls who were not fully shielded from the gunfire to get on the ground, Smith was stuck in the neck by a bullet,’ reports the Daily Wire.
“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” he told the Post.
The Daily Wire also stated, “The bullet remains lodged in his neck; he suffered a fractured collarbone, a cracked rib and a bruised lung, per the Post. Doctors are concerned that removing the bullet at this time will cause extensive harm.”
“I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life,” said Smith.
Interestingly an off-duty San Diego police officer saved Smith after he was hit:
The officer came over and tried to stop the bleeding and then flagged down passing cars to try to get Smith a ride. Many just drove by, but a pickup truck stopped and Smith was put in the back of it along with several other wounded victims. By then, he was struggling to breathe.
“I really didn’t want to die,” Smith said. “I don’t see myself that way,” he said, in response to being a hero. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”
All of his family members survived the attack.