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Buena Park father of 3 shot in Las Vegas mass shooting helped save others

By in Press Enterprise on October 3, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Shirtless and shoeless, a towel over one shoulder and a large bandage near the crook of his neck and his shoulder, Jonathan Smith, 30, looked almost serene in a photo shared more than 100,000 times on social media.

The Buena Park man, sitting in a plastic chair, staring into the camera in what looks like a waiting room, had just finished being cared for at a Las Vegas hospital for a gunshot wound in his neck he received while saving the lives of about 30 strangers, according to media account.

Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest of his life. #vegasstrip

— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) October 2, 2017

Smith was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night when 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on the crowd of 22,000 from a hotel room inside the Mandalay Bay resort, reported the Washington Post.

“Jonathan was shot during the Las Vegas Massacre while trying to secure the safety of others,” according to a GoFundMe set up by Tiffany Jones — Smith’s girlfriend’s sister — to help pay for his medical costs.

Smith and eight other family members were at the country music festival to celebrate the 43rd birthday of his brother, Louis Rust, according to the Washington Post and the GoFundMe page.

Like many at the show that night, when the gunshots first rang out, the brothers believed it was fireworks. When they realized bullets were raining down on them and the crowd, the family — trying to hold hands to stay together — ran.

The group became separated and Smith ran back into the venue trying to find his loved ones, but instead was met with frightened and […]    

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