22-year-old Summer Clyburn was having a much-needed night out with her fiancé, Michael Garcia. The young couple from Upland, California, had just given birth to a baby girl and were having a weekend away. Halfway through listening to country singer Jason Aldean's set, a popping sound started.
People thought it was fireworks at first, but the truth quickly became clear...
Gunman Stephen Paddock had opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and was shooting down at the crowd.
One round hit Garcia, who also happened to be an officer with the Ontario Police Department, critically wounding him in the head. Within moments, Clyburn dove onto her boyfriend’s body, acting as a human shield.
Then she was hit as well.
The bullet pierced through her back, where it shattered into pieces.
Many of the shards aren’t retrievable. They’ll likely stay in her back for the rest of her life.
She and Garcia were taken to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, where he was operated on.
People thought he'd died.
The Ontario Police Department released a statement, but they retracted it once they heard the news. Garcia’s surgery was successful and he is now in stable, but critical condition.
Clyburn's quick thinking likely saved her boyfriend's life.
A Gofundme page was created to pay for the couple’s medical bills. It has raised over $85,000 in three days, and is still going strong.
As the couple’s friend Jesse Armstrong remarked, “The love between those two are real and they are new parents and new parents shouldn’t be going through this.”