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San Diego man helped save lives in Las Vegas

Taylor Winston helped saved the injured with some quick thinking.
Photo credit:
Taylor Winston - Facebook

A San Diego man was at the site of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, and his quick thinking helped people flee the scene soon after the gunfire began to rain down upon the Route 91 Harvest Festival. 

Taylor Winston, a veteran Marine, helped people over a fence when shooter Stephen Paddock perched from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel shot into the concert-goers.

Winston tells ABC 10 he noticed event trucks parked in a parking lot during the mayhem. 

He found one with the keys still in it so he drove back to the scene and began loading the injured into the tailgate to get them away from the danger.

“We went back into the gunfire and started looking for priority victims, people with the most serious injuries to get to the hospital,” Winston said.

Winston says he made two trips before emergency crews arrived.

“There’s a lot of unsung heroes that day that stood up and helped people,” he said. 

People from as far away as the UK sent him well-wishes and voiced gratitude on Facebook for his heroic actions.   

"Thank you Taylor Winston for saving all the people yesterday." -- Marlies Huyghe

"MR T WINSTON you don't know me I don't live in the u.s. I live in the u.k. but I just wanted to say that people from around the world know about what a hero you are for what you done on that night it takes a lot of courage to do what you did I thank you like many others have done for [being] the hero you was THANK YOU FROM AROUND THE WORLD." -- David Brehme 

"Wow ... What a human." -- Leah Lipson

One fellow Marine, Savant Suykerbuyk, also posted a message on Taylor's Facebook wall.

"In recognition of a great man I once had the pleasure of serving with. Taylor Winston, you’re an outstanding example of what we should all strive to be in time of crisis."

The Las Vegas attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history with 59 dead and over 500 injured.