On Sunday night, a man opened fire on a massive crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing a confirmed 59 and injuring some 500 others. During such evil, the American people in attendance, from concert-goers to off-duty and on-duty first responders, showed enormous good, selflessness, and heroism.
Jonathan Smith was one of those Americans.
The 30-year-old father has been credited with saving 30 people at the concert before he was struck by a bullet that remains lodged in his neck.
Smith’s brother, Louis Rust, was the first in his group to realize that the sounds they were hearing were not fireworks, but gunshots.
“Rust realized what was really going on and told the entire extended family — all nine of them — to hold hands and run. By then, it was a stampede,” reports The Washington Post.
Smith quickly realized that his family had become separated in the crowd, including his nieces, who range from 17-22 years in age.