Most people know a tragedy happened late Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada at a country music festival. A 64-year-old gunman took more than 59 lives while injuring over 500 people.
Understandably so, many people scattered and searched for cover. But some brave souls stayed behind. Some people who were safe in their own homes gathered supplies and drove straight to the bloody scene.
Todd Blyleven, former minor league baseball player, and his family and friends flew in from Dallas for the concert. They were seated center stage near the back.
“You look up, and you could see the muzzle flashes from the window at the Mandalay Bay,” Blyleven told The Washington Post. “The stage went black, Jason Aldean and his crew all ducked and ran offstage. Everybody started screaming, and then you started to see people going down.”
Blyleven said he and his brother-in-law were able to lead their family and friends out of the venue. As they headed for safety, they hid behind vendor carts all while bullets landed around them. Once his family was safe, Blyleven went right back in. He joined a group of individuals whose goal was to save others.
“I just felt like I had to,” Blyleven said. He recalled helping about 30 or 40 people to safety. “I would hope that if me, or my family, was in a situation like that, that someone would come in and get me.”