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At approximately 10:08 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 1), a gunman opened fire on the attendees of Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada during Jason Aldean‘s set. Since the attack, more than 55 people are reportedly dead with an upwards of 500 injured, the incident being described as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
In the early moments of the attack, brave first responders and fellow concertgoers were quick to help the victims. As the tragedy unfolded, footage of pure acts of bravery from both first responders and concertgoers jumping into action have began to surface.
While the “act of pure evil” as described by President Donald Trump lacks any sign of humanity, the hundreds of people who put their lives on the line to help their fellow man acts as a light in what will surely be described as one of the darkest moments in modern American history.
Attendees of the concert turned into heroes as many commandeered trucks to rush victims to safety. In one incident, a couple driving by the scene pulled over to help take victims to the hospital, using their truck as a makeshift ambulance to help transport victims.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 2, 2017
Another concertgoer noted that many military veterans jumped into action, saying the amount of bravery she witnessed was indescribable.
“It was everywhere. Thank God it was a country concert. You saw a lot of ex-military jumping into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers. I saw police officers, while everyone else was crouching, police officers standing up as targets, just trying to direct people to tell them where to go. The amount of bravery I saw, words can’t describe what it was like,” reported one witness in the interview with NBC.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 2, 2017
In an act of pure selflessness, 53-year-old Mike McGarry from Philadelphia threw himself on top of his children in hopes of protecting them from gunshots.
— Terrence McCoy (@terrence_mccoy) October 2, 2017
The alleged shooter behind the attack has been identified as Stephen Paddock whom opened fire from the 32nd floor of hotel and casino Mandalay Bay where he was checked in.
Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by the senseless act.
If you would like to help the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy, you can donate here. For those looking to donate blood, locations of Nevada-based blood banks are listed below.