There is no denying that the horrific shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday evening was anything short of a tragedy. As personal accounts emerge detailing the fear, loss, and bloodshed experienced and witnessed on that fateful night, many others describe the heroes that rose above to rescue loved ones and strangers alike. Though it's difficult to look past the pure evil that set that night in motion, here are some stories about those heroes that quickly answered the call to action and restored what little faith in humanity that we have left.
Taylor Winston and Jenn Lewis found a truck with the keys inside and used it as an ambulance
Credit: Taylor Winston/CBS
While some have pointed negatively to these people for stealing the truck, Taylor Winston and Jenn Lewis were able to rescue and transport about 30 people to the hospital when there were too many victims and not enough first responders. The couple found the truck in a nearby lot as they were fleeing the festival and immediately got in, driving straight back to where the shooting was occurring to load people into the cab and truck bed. "People needed to get out of there, and we tried the best we could to get as many as we could," Winston told The Daily Beast. A squad car wound up helping them by escorting them through crowds so they could get to the hospital quickly.
A couple days after the shooting, the owner of the truck was finally able to determine that the couple had his car and texted them saying that he hopes the person they were transporting wound up okay. Upon informing the owner that they had actually saved several dozen people, they then were able to return the truck to the owner.
ack Beaton was shielding his wife, Laurie, when he was fatally shot by an unknown amount of bullets.
"He put Laurie on the ground and covered her with his body and he got shot I don't know how many times," Laurie's father, Jerry Cook, told BakersfieldNow. "Laurie was saying he was bleeding through the mouth, bleeding profusely, she knew he was dying. He told her he loved her. Laurie could tell he was slipping. She told him she loved him and she would see him in heaven."
His son, Jake, was the first to post about him in the above tweet.
Kody Robertson, an Ohio resident, met Michelle Vo, a California resident, on the last day of the festival and the two hit it off right away. They spent the day together and were standing next to each other when the shooting started. When Robertson realized what was happening, he looked over at Vo at the same moment she was shot in the left side of her chest. As the shooting continued, he threw himself on top of Vo to shield her from further harm. Once the shooting ceased, he picked her up and moved her to a safer spot until he saw a truck going by on the way to the hospital. Knowing it was her best shot, he sent her off so she could receive medical care. He ran back to the scene to help more people, and described what he saw.
"We put a girl on a beer cooler to try to push her out; we were carrying people out on the steel barriers from the perimeter," Robertson said of himself and others providing aid. "Wives screaming at husbands to wake up, and a husband on top of his wife trying to do CPR."
He found Vo's purse and located her cell phone, which he had to a hotel to retrieve. Despite all the missed calls and texts, he had to wait for another incoming call to answer because of the passcode. He was finally connected with Vo's brother-in-law, and Robertson worked with the family all night to figure out where Vo was staying. He walked several miles back and forth from hospitals and hotels and was finally called in by doctors and a counselor.