Hero Jonathan Smith Was Shot In The Neck While Saving At Least 30 People From The Vegas Shooting

(Photo: Charles M. Blow @charlesmblow via Instagram)

Hero Jonathan Smith Was Shot In The Neck While Saving At Least 30 People From The Vegas Shooting

And other stories of incredible acts of bravery from survivors and victims of the tragedy.

Published October 3, 2017

The Las Vegas shooting, which has been described as the deadliest mass shooting in US history, killed at least 59 people and injured over 500. Now, stories from the attack are giving insight to many of the heroic acts demonstrated and the people who unfortunately lost their lives. 

Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, shot from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and took the lives of people, including a college student, a nurse and a fisherman. During the carnage, a number of people risked their lives to save loved ones and strangers.

Here are details on the heroic acts and background on some of the victims who have been identified. 

  1. Jonathan Smith saved at least thirty before he was shot at least twice, once in the neck

    30-year-old Jonathan Smith, a copy machine repairman, attended the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival to celebrate the 43rd birthday party of his brother who loved country music. During the shooting, Smith's brother, Louis Rust, took off running with the rest of the family. After realizing he'd been separated from his family, Jonathan saw other people in need and decided to help.

    Jonathan saw people hunched behind a sheriff patrol car. Noticing the people were paralyzed in fear, Jonathan started shouting, “Active shooter, active shooter, let’s go! We have to run," reported the Washington Post.

    As Jonathan helped lead at least 30 people to a more covered area, he was shot at least twice, once in the neck.

  2. Sonny Melton died shielding his wife, Heather, from gunfire

    "He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," Heather told WSMV. "I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe."

  3. Mark McCurdy saved his sister-in-law and carried her back to the hotel room
  4. Rhonda LeRocque died while attending the music festival with her husband and daughter
  5. Adrian Murfitt, a fisherman in Alaska, was killed during the festival
  6. Denise Burditus died in the arms of her husband, Tony Burditus
  7. Angie Gomez died while attending the festival with her boyfriend

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Charles M. Blow @charlesmblow via Instagram)


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