Former U.S. Marine Taylor Winston was in attendance at the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada where he saved numerous lives.
In the midst of the shock and chaos, Winston helped evacuate fellow concert attendees away from danger before then driving some who were wounded to a hospital.
In an interview with CBS News, Winston shared his first-hand account of how he jumped into action, immediately helping others:
“People started scattering and screaming and that’s when we knew something real was happening,” Winston said.
Winston, Lewis and thousands of others needed to get to safety, but were boxed in by a fence.
“The shots got louder and louder, closer to us and saw people getting hit, it was like we could be hit at any second. Once we got to the fence, I helped throw a bunch of people over, and got myself over,” Winston said. “It was a mini war zone but we couldn’t fight back.”
The 29-year-old veteran couldn’t fight the threat, but he was able to drive.
“I saw a field with a bunch of white trucks. I tested my luck to see if any of them had keys in it, first one we tried opening had keys sitting right there. I started looking for people to take to the hospital,” Winston said. “There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere.”
A car dealership owner from Arizona heard of Winston’s bravery and has reportedly offered him a free truck as a token of appreciation for his actions.
Per AZ Central:
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A Gilbert car dealership plans to give a free truck to the 29-year-old Iraq War veteran who seized a truck and used it to drive critically injured victims to safety after the Las Vegas shooting.
Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors, said he was so taken when he read about Taylor Winston’s actions that he reached out to the U.S. Marine Corps vet who lives in San Diego and offered him a truck.
Winston is expected to visit the dealership at 9 a.m. Monday to pick up the silver Ford F-150, he said.
Beus said he doesn’t care if Winston keeps the truck, gives the vehicle away or sells it. He just wants to express his appreciation.
“It’s very, very courageous what he did,” Beus said.
“He was willing to risk his life and run back into the storm and help out.”