According to CBS This Morning, a Marine veteran, Taylor Winston, managed to save over 24 victims by stealing a truck during the fatal shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.
Amidst the tragedy of the Las Vegas
terrorist attack mass shooting, Winston and his girlfriend, Jenn Lewis, were able to keep their composure and rescued over two dozen gunshot victims.
“I saw a field with a bunch of white trucks. I tested my luck to see if any of them had keys in it, first one we tried opening had keys sitting right there. I started looking for people to take to the hospital,” Winston explained to CBS This Morning.
It’s beyond surreal that Winston and the other concert-goers would even have to endure events like Sunday night, seeing as moments prior to Winston’s courageous act, he was enjoying his evening. “Me and a friend went and got a few drinks and found our other friends near the side stage and we just kind of posted up there to watch and enjoy the concert,” Winston told CBS This Morning.
Winston wasn’t the only hero present during this tragedy. A retired teacher, Mike Cronk, explained to ABC 13 that he witnessed multiple victim help each other to first-responders. Of which, Cronk also said he helped tie a tourniquet on his friend, who was shot three times.
Like Cronk, Winston also rejects the title of hero, “There was a lot of bravery and courageous people out there. I'm glad that I could call them my country folk,” he tells CBS This Morning. Regardless, we are grateful for Winston’s quick-thinking.
AOL explains that Stephen Paddock, the shooter, claimed the lives of 59 victims and injured more than 500 festival-goers. We know that the acts of fortitude that came from Winston and Cronk (as well as many others) likely helped ensure the survival of dozens of victims. While we thank these brave people, we know that all there are still hundreds of injured victims who need our help.