Jonathan Smith may have
saved the lives of 30 concertgoers after a gunman
opened fire at a Las Vegas Music Festival on Sunday. Smith, a
father of three was in the city for his brother’s 43rd
birthday. They celebrated by attending the Route 91
Harvest Country Music Festival.
As of Tuesday evening, 527
people attending the concert were injured and 59 died as a
result of the shooting.
“I ran back towards the shooting,”
Smith, a father of three, told ABC News.
According to the network, Smith formed a human chain of about
30 people and instructed them to
duck behind a row of cars. When he noticed a group
of girls weren’t entirely concealed by the vehicles,
he went to ensure their safety. During this heroic act, he
was shot in the neck.
“I got a few people out of there,” the
30-year-old told the Washington Post. “You
could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all
over Las Vegas Boulevard.”
“I decided I wasn’t going to leave anybody behind,”
Smith told NBC News. “I didn’t want to die here.”
Smith, who was also with his nieces, lost track of his
family during the deadly shoot-out but they were all able to
relocate one another. No one in his family died as a result of
“I don’t deem myself as a hero,” he told ABC. “I just deem
myself as someone that was doing the right