On Sunday, October 1, a lone gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. It was the worst mass shooting in American history, and the grieving families will be dealing with the aftermath for years to come.
The shooting caused widespread panic, and many families were separated in the chaos. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, there's one story within this tragedy with a happy ending.
The horrific events of October 1, 2017 will go down in history as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.With 59 deaths and more than 500 injuries, it shocked the nation and sparked fear in the hearts of Americans who previously felt invincible to this type of senseless violence.
The motive of the gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, remains a mystery.Police found 22 rifles and one handgun in the hotel room of the shooter. Paddock's brother spoke to reporters after the shooting about the profound grief and regret he's now dealing with.
"This is what I'll carry for the rest of my life: Had I called him back instead of texting, would I have heard something in his voice? Would he have given up something? I don’t know. I can't say," he said.
"That he would kill people he didn’t know, it just doesn’t make sense. It's just bizarre," he added. "There was something that happened to Steve — I'm not even trying to excuse anything — but something happened that drove him into the pit of hell."
"I don’t understand why Steve got to that point, and maybe we’ll never know."At 11:21 pm, after breaching the gunman's hotel room with explosives, the police reportedly found Paddock dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Although the shooting itself is over, the pain of the survivors and family members of the deceased will live on forever.
After the shooting, many concert-goers struggled to find their friends and family members that they had been separated from.This included a five-year-old boy named Aden Huser, who had been watching Jason Aldean perform before the shots rang out. He was attending the concert with his mother and sister, who had left Aden to go to the bathroom just moments before the gunfire. Then...
After running to the merchandise tent to escape the gunfire, Lindsey Rogers, 26, found Aden, alone.
His name is Aiden and we're at the Motel 6 on tropicana. If anyone knows anything about his moms location please ca… https://t.co/hiFGyGiO1E— Jake⚓️ (@Jake⚓️)1506925339.0
Even amidst the violence and chaos, Aden stayed calm and was able to give his saviors his mother's full name.
@jreid323 @KTNV @News3LV HELP US FIND HIS PARENTS PLEASE— paige robnett (@paige robnett)1506930403.0
Shares of the photo quickly reached into the hundreds.
@jreid323 https://t.co/vEoAtaNcHU— Stephanie (@Stephanie)1506962470.0
Finally, Aden was reunited with his family at Sunrise Hospital.
@Maggiemae563 @jreid323 https://t.co/AdBQkdtxya— matt (@matt)1506970357.0
Since she didn't know whether her son was injured or not, the relief she felt when she found out he was unharmed was overwhelming.
@jreid323 So happy I reposted your tweet! Excited 2 read the news about him being reunited. Your smart thinking saved a life!!— Styling Curves ® (@Styling Curves ®)1507043229.0
"His whole face lit up," she said about their reunion. "I dropped to my knees."
@jreid323 You guys rock - Aiden's family will NEVER forget what you did!! Blessings to all...— JAM (@JAM)1507041054.0
"I don’t think we've ever held each other that hard and that tight. We were one for a minute and he just didn't want to let go," she added.
As they drove home, Aden asked his mother a question that she'll never forget.
"Next time, can we all go to the bathroom together?"