The making of one Las Vegas hero

Jonathan Smith was shot at least twice while trying to run back and save others in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas

Jonathan Smith was shot at least twice while trying to run back and save others in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas

Jonathan Smith, a 30-year-old copy machine repairman, was visiting the city from Orange County, California, with family for his brother's birthday. The family sat close to the stage during Jason Aldean's performance, according to The Washington Post.

"I didn't realize this at the time but he actually stuck his finger inside and basically stopped it", Smith said. "You could hear the shots".

We will remind, near the hotel complex Mandalay Bay in the South of the Las Vegas shooting occurred. That's when he jumped into action, shouting, "Active shooter, active shooter, let's go!" While the group was ultimately separated, that did not stop Jonathan from running back to grab people and lead them to a handicap parking lot where they crouched behind parked cars.

One man in particular is reported to have rescued dozens of people from the shooter, before taking a bullet himself.

It was when he was trying to move a group of girls to safety that he got shot in the neck.

"I couldn't feel anything in my neck", he recalled to the newspaper. "There was a warm sensation in my arm", said Smith from the Sunrise Hospital lobby Monday afternoon as he was waiting for his final discharge.

Not only is Smith facing the possibility of living with the bullet inside of him for the rest of his life, he also has a fractured collarbone, bruised lung and cracked rib.

Smith is now recovering, but he says doctors have told him the bullet may stay inside his neck forever, as removing it could cause more damage.

Jonathon Smith calls himself one of the lucky ones even though is likely to spend the rest of his life with the bullet lodged in his neck. It has raised more than $30,000 in less than 24 hours, surpassing its $7,000 goal. Some were hiding behind a patrol auto and others were standing still with fear. Tiffany updated everyone on his condition, saying: "From the bottom of my heart, I wanted to thank you all for your acts of giving".

Smith is among a number of concertgoers who are being hailed as heroes.

"But we were pretty good at getting all the individuals injured or deceased out to that area".

Shirtless and shoeless, a towel over one shoulder and a large bandage near the crook of his neck and his shoulder, Jonathan Smith, 30, looked nearly serene in a photo shared more than 100,000 times on social media.

"I'm far from what a hero is", said Smith.

"I would want someone to do the same for me", he said.

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