arine veteran Taylor Winston was able to keep his composure when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, leaving 59 dead and over 500 injured.
Winston's efforts to drive injured people to the hospital during all that chaos and confusion were incredible beyond words.
Winston was at the concert with his girlfriend Jenn Lewis when bullets started flying.
“People started scattering and screaming and that’s when we knew something real was happening,” Winton told CBS News.
Shots were getting louder and they started to see people get hit. Thousands of frantic people were stuck behind a fence, and Winston helped get people over before climbing the fence himself.
And that's when he saw the trucks. Instead of continuing to run from the gunfire, Winston looked for a way to help.
“I saw a field with a bunch of white trucks,” he told CBS News. “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. There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere.”
“It was still quite scary, but we just knew they had to get to the hospital immediately,” Winston told Anderson Cooper for CNN. “No ambulances were immediately available. There was far too many causalities for anyone to handle. Probably one of the hardest parts was leaving everyone behind that I couldn’t fit in who were still critically injured.”
There's no doubt that Winston is a hero for his actions that night.
Winston told Anderson Cooper that his military training allowed him to “keep a cool head” during such an intense situation. “But at the end of the day,” he said, “we just knew we had a mission to get as many people to safety.”