ABC News reports that Savanna Chasco was enjoying her weekend at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night. Suddenly, she heard a disturbing sound.
Many people who were attending the concert believed the sound was firecrackers. Chasco believed that the speakers had blown. But quickly, she and everybody else realized that the sound was something far more deadly.
“That’s when I got shot and was on the ground,” said Chasco, who was hit in the back.
Savanna Chasco is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was one of the 527 injured individuals in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
After she was shot, Chasco recalled her friends pulling her body to a fence outside of the concert venue.
“Then we ran into MGM [Hotel] and we heard more rounds inside so we ran back out,” she said to ABC News. “During this time, I was on the phone with my parents, just telling them what was going on, making sure they were OK so they weren’t worrying or anything.”
News of the shooting had not spread to the public yet. But Edward Chasco knew exactly what was happening: “You could hear the rapid gunfire in the background while we were talking to her," reports one news website.
While she was outside, Chasco by chance ran into an EMT who was visiting Las Vegas. The EMT got onto the phone with Chasco's father, reassured him that the college student was safe, and then called 911. Chasco was then helped by one of the first responders and was eventually put into an ambulance.
While she was on her way to the hospital, she was placed alongside a husband and wife who had both been shot. She was also next to a person who died on their way to the hospital.
Chasco then recalled that she was in the hospital for at least four or five hours. She said that the bullet was lodged in her back, and was stuck there, but hadn't hit any nerves or broken any bones. She still has a bullet in her back.
A nightclub security guard showed up at the hospital to make sure that Chasco was okay, and then requested that she contact him via Facebook to let him know when she made it back home. And one person who attended the concert found the young girl's abandon cellphone and made sure it got returned to her.
You can watch the full video interview here.
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