“I really didn’t want to die. You could hear the shots. It sounds like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard. I decided I’m not gonna leave anybody behind,” said 30-year-old father, Jonathan Smith, about his experience during the shooting in Las Vegas, where a home-grown terrorist, Stephen Paddock, rained bullets on thousands of concert goers from his room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
When the gunfire started, Smith sprang into action and told his nine family members to run to safety while he looked for his nieces, who had gotten lost in the panicked crowd. He began leading people to a disabled parking area to take shelter behind a row of vehicles, and continued until he too was shot in the neck.
— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) October 2, 2017
“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck,” Jonathan said. “There was a warm sensation in my arm. I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life.”
Smith is credited with helping to save the lives of about thirty people, according to Post reporter, Heather Long. He was taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he was treated for a cracked rib, a fractured collar bone, bruised lung, and the gunshot wound.
“I don’t see myself that way,” Smith said, in response to being told that he is a hero. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”
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