Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night. However, he didn’t let his injury stop him from standing up when President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump came to the hospital to meet him and shake his hand.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, Gunderson, a resident of California, was running toward the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after Paddock began spraying bullets down of the crowd of more than 20,000 who were at the site for the country music festival.
As Gunderson was running, a bullet ripped through his leg, and he was ultimately hospitalized for treatment for his injury.
The president and first lady flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday and visited area hospitals to meet some of the victims of the massacre.
Gunderson was attempting to sit up in his hospital bed right before Melania entered the room. As she approached him, she said, “Hi Thomas. How are you?” and then urges him not to try and get up.
He responds, “I’m okay,” and proceeds to come to his feet to shake her hand.
Gunderson sat back onto the bed. The president can be seen through the doorway, and he takes a moment to greet doctors, nurses, and other members of the hospital staff.
When Trump enters the room, Gunderson rises again. Trump states, “Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” as he shakes Gunderson’s hand.
Gunderson thanked the president for his visit, and Trump pats him on the back while asking, “How’s it going?”
Gunderson shared the video of the meeting on Facebook, saying, “I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!” He continues, “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves.”