In the chaos that occurred during Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, a Marine veteran became a hero after he stole a pickup truck and transported critically injured victims to the hospital.
The next day, the owner of the truck texted him, looking for the keys.
Iraq War veteran Taylor Winston, 29, of San Diego, transported between 20 and 30 injured victims to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center before ambulances arrived on the scene.
During a Tuesday appearance on CBS This Morning, Winston recounted 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 said.
Winston and his girlfriend Jenn Lewis were dancing the two-step just moments before the gunfire rained down on the concertgoers.
“People started scattering and screaming and that’s when we knew something real was happening,” Winston said.
While fleeing for safety, Winston, Lewis and thousands of others found their escape route 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 said he then saw a “bunch of white trucks” parked in a field.
“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.”
“Once we dropped them off, we were like well, let’s go back for round two and go get some more,” he continued. “I transported probably 20 to 30 people injured to the hospital.”
After joining the Marines at age 17, Winston served two tours in Iraq and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 2011.
“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,” he said.
Despite his selfless actions, Winston does not consider himself a hero.
“There was a lot of bravery and courageous people out there. I’m glad that I could call them my country folk,” he said.
Winston reportedly returned the truck, parking it a few blocks away from the concert venue, according to Fox News.
On Monday night, Winston received a text from the owner of the truck.
“Hey Taylor Told you might have the keys to my truck??” the owner wrote in a text that was later posted to 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 replied. “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 texted. “We pulled it out to fit more people but put it back in after the 3rd trip.”
Winston returned the keys to the truck’s owner on Monday night, according to KDVR.
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source: Western Journalism