An 18-year-old woman thanked a stranger after she was shot last Sunday Las Vegas massacre.
Addison Short and a friend tried to run for safety when they heard the pop of gunfire during Jason Aldean’s performance Sunday night. But Short’s knee buckled. “I just got shot, I can’t run,” she cried out.
Addison was hit in the leg by the shooter firing from the window of a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and casino. The suspect identified as Stephen Paddock, 64 years of age.
Addison told her friend after she was shot, “you go, just go get somewhere safe.”
According to CNN, on her hospital bed on Monday, Short recalled how she was wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history — and rescued. A good Samaritan wrapped her leg in a tourniquet and whisked her out of harm’s way.
Police said Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, killed 59 people and wounded 527 others. A nurse, a special education teacher and kindergarten teacher are among the dead. Police are trying to piece together a motive.
After the shooting, Paddock killed himself in his hotel room, where they found 23 guns, said Clark County NV Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo. Fasulo said another 19 guns were found in the gunman’s Mesquite home, where police searched.
“We believe Paddock is solely responsible for this heinous act,” Fasulo said late Monday.
Short said people paused when they heard gunshots at the Las Vegas Village, outside MGM Grand hotel. Concertgoers on the music festival thought it sounded fireworks, Short added.
When Short and her friend realize it is a gunshot they both turned around and started running. Short said she dove under a bar to take cover.
“You kept hearing gunshots. They just weren’t stopping,” she said.
As she lay on the ground wounded, she said a man used his belt to wrap her leg to stop the bleeding. She cried for help and wanted to talk to her mother.
“Please get me out of here,” she said to the man, a stranger to her.
“He just picked me up and threw me over his shoulder,” Short, a Las Vegas resident, said.
The man carried her to a taxi that took her to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, where she was being treated Monday.
“It was just the scariest experience of my life,” Short said.
As she sat in her hospital bed, she thought about the people who lost their lives and those who were severely injured.