Jonathan Smith Risked his Life to Save Others in the Las Vegas Shooting
He will have to probably live with a bullet in his neck.
Las Vegas, Nevada — 30-year-old copy machine repairman Jonathan Smith drove from Orange County, California to Las Vegas with his brother, Louis Rust, to celebrate his 43rd birthday.
They decided to attend the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, and they were able to get good seats near the front of the stage for country musician Jason Aldean prime-time performance Sunday night, according to the Washington Post.
Then randomly bullets began falling from the sky. At first, Smith thought like everyone us it was just fireworks, but bodies began to drop. Music continues to play as panicking fans run for safety and the security guards quickly escorted Aldean off the stage.
“Active shooter, active shooter, let’s go! We have to run,” shouted Smith.
Smith and Rust were focused on getting their family into safe space — all nine of them. A stampede causes a separation between Smith’s nieces and the rest of the family. He turned around and went to look for them. Hundreds of people were so scared that they were ducking not knowing where the bullets were coming from.
Also, they used a sheriff patrol car as a shield. Smith started to guide people out of danger in the direction of the Las Vegas airport, according to the Washington Post. There was an open field with a few rows of cars and they had to hide in the last two rows.
“I got a few people out of there. You could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard,” said Smith.
Then the 30-year-old realized some young girls were not fully out of harm’s ways. Without hesitation, Smith rose and signal the girls to get down closer to the ground. A bullet suddenly hits Smith on the left side of his neck.
A San Diego off-duty officer rushed over to stop the bleeding while flagging down a passing vehicle. Eventually, a pickup driver allowed Smith and other wounded victims to climb on the back. The driver soon dropped the victims off at the Sunrise Hospital Sunday evening.
“I really didn’t want to die,” said Smith.
After the doctors treated the copy machine repairman, information was released in regard to Smith’s injuries. He has a bruised lung, cracked ribs, and a fractured collarbone.
However, they were not able to remove the bullet from Smith’s neck because it might cause more damage to his vital organs. Later, Smith reconnected with his family even the nieces who were lost in the crowd. Word spread rapidly throughout the internet of Smith’s heroic act.
“I don’t see myself that way. I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival,” said Smith.
The picture of Smith sitting in the hospital lobby went viral and it was shared over 100,000 times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and other online media platform. Even the 42nd president’s daughter Chelsea Clinton shared the story on her Twitter account.
According to the Washington Post Correspondent Heather Long, Smith saved 30 people and she uploaded the content to Twitter. Smith will probably live with a bullet lodged into in his neck, it will be a reminder of US deadliest mass shooting in the country’s recorded history.