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Retired nurse from Laguna Hills ‘forgets about herself’ to help injured in Las Vegas shooting

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Nathaniel Percy Lyndon Mumm and Julius Linas Brinkis pose for a photo from a VIP area during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Sunday night. (Courtesy of Lynette Brinkis)

Laguna Hills residents Lynette Brinkis and her husband, Julius, were standing in a VIP area on top of a House of Blues shack enjoying Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when she heard what she initially thought were firecrackers.

Moments later, she saw the crowd below her begin to disperse and heard bullets whizzing above her head and pinging off the equipment around her. The VIP area was toward the east side of the venue, looking at the stage from the left.

“Everybody get down, they’re shooting!” Julius Brinkis, 50, screamed.

Lynette Brinkis and her husband were there with two friends, Lyndon and Jennifer Mumm, also of Laguna Hills.

“It looked literally like someone had stuck a string of firecrackers in the crowd, they just cleared,” she said Wednesday, Oct. 4 in a phone interview. “We stayed there for a little bit, not knowing where the gunfire was coming from. We thought it was maybe down the street, but it just kept coming.”

The gunfire, on Sunday, Oct. 1, came from the 32nd window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire upon the crowd of 22,000 in attendance, killing 58 and injuring 527.

“It was right in my view,” Lynette Brinkis, 50, said of the shooter’s location. “It hit the crowd first and then the second round was higher.”

The group of four hid behind a four-foot railing on the VIP area, coming up to grab belongings in between rounds. Eventually, they ran down a nearby staircase and quickly got through an exit hoping to find refuge.

Along the way, they encountered plenty of injured, including a woman who had been […]    

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