America is still mourning the lives lost during the Las Vegas massacre. On Sunday, October 1st, a 64-year-old gunman shot and killed more than 58 people and injured more than 515 people after opening fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
Shots were fired down below, aiming at attendees of a country music festival. Before authorities arrived at the attacker’s location, he had already killed himself.
In the midst of this horrible tragedy, God’s love and hope have shown through in multiple stories of those who attended the concert. In one man’s story, who happens to be a Milwaukee Brewers prospect as a pitcher, he was declared a hero for his life-saving actions during the shooting.
In a video interview with TMZ, Bowdien “Bubba” Derby described his version of the Vegas shooting. He admitted that at first, he and many others thought the shots were just someone messing around with firecrackers, until they saw Jason Aldean run off the stage during his performance slot.
“That was the point where everyone kind of knew there was something going on,” he stated. “We hit the ground, everyone just fell to the floor as fast as they could,” which was terrifying because they had no idea where the shooter was located.
Derby was attending the concert with some of his other family members. At one point, he said his aunt gave him a look that seemed to say, “Are we about to die? Is this it for us?”
While thoughts of fear were clearly running through his mind and as he heard gunshots, he protected two strangers. Derby said, “I ended up covering two girls that we met...I tried to be over them.” His cousin was also shielding his girlfriend, another group member they were with, at the time.
Derby also revealed, “My heart hurts...my stomach is constantly turning…[there’s] a feeling of guilt, not knowing why you were able to not only get out alive, but get out uninjured...there is good out of everything. What I witnessed obviously was tragic, it was awful, but I witnessed a lot of good.”
Later, one of the girls that Derby protected, who is a mother of three, took to social media to express her gratitude. Read her heartwarming post below.
Other stories filled with a ray of hope include a veteran who also performed a heroic action and a former agnostic who shared his unbelievable revelation with the world. As Christians, we have faith that even in dark times, God is present. We may not understand why or how, but the Bible tells us that God uses all events for good.
In related news, a well-known talk show host fired back at the White House over their comments on the Las Vegas massacre. His remarks became very controversial.