Jack Gershman's horrifying ordeal has shaken the internet this week.
What started as a hike turned into a horror story.
via: ShutterstockAri Gershman and his 15-year-old son Jack were exploring Tahoe National Forest when disaster struck.
Finding themselves lost, they stopped to recalibrate.
via: ShutterstockThe pair noticed a nearby vehicle and approached to ask for directions.
But as they approached, things went badly wrong.
via: ShutterstockJack recalls hearing gunshots ringing out.
Ari fell from his vehicle.
via: ShutterstockHe had been instantaneously fatally wounded by the shots.
Not knowing what to do next...
via: ShutterstockJack ran.
He was wearing just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.
via: ShutterstockJack ran for cover in the woods.
He was completely alone.
via: Shutterstock"I tried to call the police, but I still couldn't get cell reception," he says in this week's issue of PEOPLE.
He then tried to reach higher terrain.
via: Shutterstock"I was able to get a bar of cell reception, and then I called the police."
Police then sent helicopters to Jack's aid.
via: ShutterstockHis phone then lost reception - and the helicopters could not track him.
"A few times I'd wake up because I had a dream of a helicopter coming and getting me."
via: Shutterstock"But every time I got into the helicopter I'd wake up again," Jack explained.
Luckily the police followed up the helicopters with K9 teams.
via: FacebookThese specialized units are trained specifically in tracking humans.
Around 4pm, they managed to get to Jack.
via: Facebook"I heard people calling for me and just followed their voices and ended up getting rescued," he shared.
Soon after, a vehicle matching Jack's description was pulled over.
RIP to Ari.
via: FacebookOur thoughts are with the family.