Hero dad ‘saved 30 people’ during Las Vegas massacre before he was...

Hero dad ‘saved 30 people’ during Las Vegas massacre before he was shot in the neck

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Hero dad ‘saved 30 people’ during Las Vegas massacre before he was shot in the neck

Friends and family have hailed a hero dad who saved up to 30 people during the Las Vegas shooting massacre.

Jonathan Smith was in the city celebrating his brother’s 43rd birthday when the attack took place.

Killer Stephen Paddock, 64, was holed up in a room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel with 23 firearms, including automatic machine guns with long-range scopes.

Paddock unleashed hundreds of bullets into a crowd watching the Route 91 country music festival opposite.

The shooting sparked mass panic with people running in every direction and no idea where the danger was coming from.

It went on for up to 15 minutes, witnesses said.

It is believed Mr Smith, from Buena Park, California, helped dozens of strangers get out of harm’s way as hundreds of bullets whizzed down from the hotel.

He continued to get people under cover until he himself was hit by a bullet. It remains lodged in his clavicle and may have to stay there for the rest of his life.

 

Las Vegas Police said 59 people died and 527 were injured in the massacre at around 10pm on Sunday night.

It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

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