On Sunday night, a tragedy occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. During the concert, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of around 20,000.
64-year-old Stephen Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel when he started shooting down at the crowd. By the time the SWAT team got to him, he had shot and killed himself.
This attack is now the deadliest mass shooting in US history, with the total number of deaths and injuries still being reported. So far, at least 58 people have died and at least 500 more injured.
During tragedies like this, people attempt to find just a glimmer of hope. Yesterday, a report came out about a young man and former agnostic who turned to God through the shooting.
Today, reports are coming out about specific heroic acts that were performed during the shooting. One story is that of Veteran Taylor Winston.
The former Marine was with his girlfriend, Jenn Lewis, near the side stage of the concert. Winston said that when the shooting began, the scene was absolute chaos.
In an interview with CBS, he said, "People started scattering and screaming and that's when we knew something real was happening. The shots got louder and louder, closer to us and saw people getting hit, it was like we could be hit at any second. Once we got to the fence, I helped throw a bunch of people over and got myself over. It was a mini war zone but we couldn't fight back."
After jumping the fence, the 29-year-old saw a field with several white trucks. He opened one to see if the keys happened to be in it, and luckily they were. Rather than fleeing the scene, however, Winston was determined to help people.
He said, "I started looking for people to take to the hospital. There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere."
Winston carried injured victims onto the bed of the truck and went to the hospital.
"Once we dropped them off, we were like well, let's go back for round two and go get some more," he said. "I transported probably 20 to 30 people injured to the hospital."
Winston said that his military background prepared him to take swift and poised action during the chaos. He also said that he would not accept the "hero" label that has been granted to him because so many people were doing good deeds to help everyone else.
He said, "I think a lot of my training in the military helped me in the situation. We needed to get them out of there regardless of our safety...There was a lot of bravery and courageous people out there. I'm glad that I could call them my country folk."
Winston said that he returned the keys back to the truck's owner on Monday night. While he will never know how his actions helped the victims he took to the hospital, his bravery is nothing short of admirable.
Please continue praying for all of the victims of this terrible tragedy. Share your prayers on Facebook. Last night, more victims of the shooting were identified. Please pray for their families.