In the massacre that happened Sunday in Las Vegas, one veteran proved that there are still good people in the world. He stole a pickup truck for the sole purpose to help the wounded victim and take them to the nearest hospital.
The owner wrote to him the next day asking for his keys back.
Taylor Winston, 29, an Iraq war veteran, transported nearly 30 wounded people to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center before the ambulance vehicles arrived at the scene.
Tuesday Winston on CBS This Morning talked about his experience.
“Me and a friend went and got a few drinks and found our other friends near the side stage and we just kind of posted up there to watch and enjoy the concert,” he recalled.
Winston and Jenn Lewis, his girlfriend, were having fun dancing at the concert just seconds before the shooting started.
“People started scattering and screaming and that’s when we knew something real was happening,” he said.
Winston, Lewis and many others learned quickly that the way of their escape was blocked by a fence.
“The shots got louder and louder, closer to us and we 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,” he said. “It was a mini war zone but we couldn’t fight back.”
Winston then realized a “bunch of white trucks” were in front of him.
“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,” he said. “There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere.”
“Once we dropped them off, we were like well, let’s go back for round two and go get some more,” Winston added. “I transported probably 20 to 30 people injured to the hospital.”
Winston joined the Marines at age of 17 and served two tours in Iraq.
“I think a lot of my training in the military helped me in the situation. We needed to get them out of there regardless of our safety,” Winston said.
Like most veterans, Winston doesn’t think of himself as a hero even though he saved many lives.
“There was a lot of bravery and courageous people out there. I’m glad that I could call them my country folk,” he said.
According to some Fox News, Winston parked the truck as close to the concert venue could have without getting too close to the scene.
On Monday Winston got a message from the truck owner.
“Hey Taylor Told you might have the keys to my truck??” the owner messaged him, that was later was shared on Facebook. “All I won’t [sic] is the key. Other then (sic) that it’s all water under the bridge to me and how’s the person you hauled doing.”
“I have em for ya,” Winston responded. “When do you want to meet for em? We’re at the Monte Carlo. I took about 30 critically injured to the hospital. Your truck was extremely important saving those people’s lives. I don’t know if they all made it. Sorry about doing so and all the blood.”
“I saved the tool box too,” Winston messaged. “We pulled it out to fit more people but put it back in after the 3rd trip.”
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