Following the news that a gunman had fired at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, many stories swiftly came out about those caught up in the mayhem.
There was poker player and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, who was one of the hundreds running for cover, as well as a man who stood up and flipped the bird to the gunman, Stephen Paddock.
There was also a man who stole a truck to save victims of the mass shooting.
The man was later revealed to be 29-year-old former marine Taylor Winston. He found the car with the keys still inside, and selflessly drove back and forth to the scene while bullets were still raining down, driving people away from the massacre.
The owner of the truck has now reportedly managed to get in touch with Winston, sending him a message.
The former marine shared the message, which said: “Hey Taylor, [I was] told you might have the keys to my truck?? All I want is the key. Other then that it’s all water under the bridge to me. And how’s the people you hauled doing?”
Credit: Taylor Winston
Taylor then replied, saying: “I have ’em for ya. When do you want to meet for ’em? We’re at the Monte Carlo. I took about 30 critically injured to the hospital. Your truck was extremely important saving those people’s lives.
“I don’t know if they all made it.”
According to various reports, Winston managed to get around 24 people away from the shooting and to safety, though it’s still unknown how many were fortunate enough to survive.
Credit: Taylor Winston
He’s rightfully been labelled a hero.
The latest police update puts the death toll from the Vegas attack at 58, with 515 suffering various injuries. That puts this as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Paddock was shooting from the 32nd window of a room at the Mandalay Hotel, but took his own life before law enforcement could arrive. They reportedly found at least 10 rifles inside the room.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, however local law enforcement agencies say they’ve found no connection between Paddock and any international terrorist group.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says it will take some time to get to the bottom of what sparked the attack: “We have to establish what his motivation was first. There are motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualties.
“Before we label with that, it’ll be a matter of process.”