The marine who stole truck to save Vegas terror victims just got a message from the owner
As we begin to come to terms with the horrifying and disastrous scenes which gripped Las Vegas on Sunday night, stories from the people who were trapped inside of the chaos have begun to emerge.
Whether it is poker player and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, who was one of those running for cover at the time or the incident, or the man who stood and chugged his beer while giving Stephen Paddock (the man behind the attack) the finger, the stories range from harrowing to heroic.
One person who will go down as a hero for his actions on that fateful night is Taylor Winston. Winston, who is a 29-year-old former marine, stole a truck to save victims of the mass shooting. He found the vehicle with the keys still inside of it and bravely decided to drive back and forth to the scene, dropping people at the hospital while bullets were still flying around.
The owner of the truck has now reportedly managed to get in contact with Winston, sending him a text message regarding the truck.
The former marine shared the message, which read: "Hey Taylor, [I was] told you might have the keys to my truck?? All I want is the key. Other then that it's all water under the bridge to me. And how's the people you hauled doing?"
Taylor replied to the owner, saying: "I have 'em for ya. When do you want to meet for 'em? We're at the Monte Carlo. I took about 30 critically injured to the hospital. Your truck was extremely important saving those people's lives.
"I don't know if they all made it."
The latest update from Vegas puts the death toll at 58, with 515 suffering from various injuries. The shooting is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history. According to several different reports, Taylor managed to save around 24 people by driving them away from the shooting and to safety, although it is unknown how many of those people managed to survive.
Stephen Paddock was shooting his victims from the 32nd window of a room in the Mandalay Hotel and took his own life before the police managed to get to him. According to reports from the scene, there were 10 rifles in the room, with many of them being customised to cause more damage.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, although local law enforcement agencies have said that there is no connection between Paddock and any international terrorist group.
The reasons behind the attack are still unknown, and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says it will take some time for law enforcement to get to the bottom of it all:
"We have to establish what his motivation was first. There are motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualties.
"Before we label with that, it'll be a matter of process."
Taylor's bravery is rightly being lauded online, where he has been branded as a hero for saving the lives of so many people. It takes a certain person to drive into the face of danger and Taylor deserves all the plaudits he is receiving.