On Sunday, the sounds of gun shots echoed across the Las Vegas strip, sending 22,000 concert attendees scrambling for their lives.
In those few moments, many acted as heroes, saving countless lives.
One tale is of 29-year-old Sonny Melton who shielded his wife from the raining bullets, ultimately giving his life to save hers.
Here’s his story, per Daily Mail:
When gunshots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night, 48-year-old Heather Melton says her husband Sonny, 29, jumped into emergency mode – shielding her from the gunfire.
‘When we realized it was gunshots going off and not fireworks like everyone thought, I said let’s get down and he said, “No, we’ll get trampled. Let’s go, let’s go.”
While the two were running, Sonny was struck by the gunfire, heroically protecting his wife:
‘He wrapped his arms around my back and as we started to run, I felt him get shot in the back and we went to the ground.
‘At that point, there was still gunfire all around us and people were lying on the ground and I tried to perform CPR on him in the field,’ Mrs Melton, a surgeon, told the Today show Wednesday morning.
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Heather recalls another hero quickly acted to try and save her husband:
When asked if she knew her husband was dying, Mrs Melton said she did.
‘As I was giving CPR he began to bleed from his mouth,’ she said.
Mrs Melton, a mother of three from a previous relationship, says she started screaming for help, and someone ran to her aid once the gunfire stopped.
‘I don’t know who they were but a man ran out and put Sonny over his shoulder and ran across the field. He put him in the back of a pick-up truck with two other victims and he performed CPR on Sonny the entire way to the hospital,’ she said.
Even after rushing him into the emergency room, the men who rescued her husband stayed with by her side.
‘They stayed with me the entire time,’ she said. ‘We were on lockdown in the hospital and they stayed by my side. I don’t know their names. I was too much in shock to even ask, but I’m very grateful that I wasn’t left alone.’
Tragically, her husband did not survive his wounds:
Her husband passed away in the hospital, leaving Mrs Melton widowed and far away from her friends and family in small town Big Sandy, Tennessee.
In her interview, Mrs Melton revealed that she and her husband married just last year and were very much in love.
‘It was a love that I had never experienced before. It was the kind of love that fills you up every single day.
‘We loved being together and people felt how much we loved each other and I will carry that with me forever.
‘I don’t know that I’ll ever experience that kind of love again, but the days I had with him were worth every minute,’ she said.