Teen Survives 24 Terrifying Hours in the Wilderness, Running From a Killer | 22 Words

Jack Gershman's horrifying ordeal has shaken the internet this week.

What started as a hike turned into a horror story.

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Ari Gershman and his 15-year-old son Jack were exploring Tahoe National Forest when disaster struck.

Finding themselves lost, they stopped to recalibrate.

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The pair noticed a nearby vehicle and approached to ask for directions.

But as they approached, things went badly wrong.

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Jack recalls hearing gunshots ringing out.

Ari fell from his vehicle.

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He had been instantaneously fatally wounded by the shots.

Not knowing what to do next...

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Jack ran.

He was wearing just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.

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Jack ran for cover in the woods.

He was completely alone.

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"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.

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"I was able to get a bar of cell reception, and then I called the police."

Police then sent helicopters to Jack's aid.

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His 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."

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"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.

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These specialized units are trained specifically in tracking humans.

Around 4pm, they managed to get to Jack.

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"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.

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John Conway, 40, was arrested and later charged with Ari's murder, attempted murder, burglary and firearms crimes.

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Mom Paige has set up a GoFundMe after the tragedy.

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You can donate here.

RIP to Ari.

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Our thoughts are with the family.