Jonathan Smith is being called a hero after reportedly rescuing dozens during the Las Vegas mass shooting. The gruesome attack, which left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, was without question horrific. But Jonathan Smith is proof that even in times of tragedy, there is still hope for humanity.
The 30-year-old dad and repairman was at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with his family members when the gunman began firing automatic gunfire and the bullets started to fly.
“You could hear the shots,” Smith said. “It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard.”
He knew he had to act fast. So he first told his family members to run and then went to look for his young nieces, who had gotten lost in the crowds of people.
Before long, Smith began grabbing people and leading them to safety.
“I decided I’m not gonna leave anybody behind,” he said.
Not even when he was struck in the neck by one of the gunman's bullets.
Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest of his life. #vegasstrip pic.twitter.com/6hLujXWe51— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) October 2, 2017
Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest of his life. #vegasstrip pic.twitter.com/6hLujXWe51
“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” he said. “I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life.”
After Smith was taken to the hospital, he found out he has a cracked rib, a fractured collarbone, and a bruised lung.
Though he reportedly saved about 30 people that night, he said he didn't view himself as a hero.
He said, “I don’t see myself that way. I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”
After the incident, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the "loving father" to cover his medical and living expenses.
Meanwhile, our thoughts remain with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
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