America awoke Thursday to news of another inexplicable mass shooting. Reports say a masked gunman entered a country music bar frequented by college students and opened fire. Twelve were killed and many more were wounded. The attack ended when the gunman turned his gun on himself.
The shooting is the latest round of violence in America and comes just two days after the country voted in historic midterm elections. The shooter used a .45 caliber Glock handgun with a California illegal magazine.
As always, when tragedy strikes, heroes emerge. That is the case in California. Brendan Kelly, a Marine who was a survivor of both the Vegas and California shootings. He used his military and medical training to help save lives at the scene.
According to a report from ABC7:
Kelly said he had been at the bar for about an hour dancing when he heard the first shots. “Pop, pop,” said Kelly, describing the sound he heard. “Being in the military, being in the Marine Corps, I’m aware of what that sounds like, especially in an enclosed area.”
Kelly said he immediately sprang into action, grabbing people around him and throwing them to the ground for cover.
“As soon as I identified where the target was, or where the threat was, I grabbed at least two people around me and yanked them as hard as I could to get to the nearest exit,” Kelly said.
“I wanted to help as best I could,” Kelly said. “If we could be the first level of first responders before they got there, then you do all you can do instead of standing around not doing much.”
“Only thing I can attribute it to is God,” Kelly said. “His protective hand over me that night, on October 1, and last night.”
Kelly used his belt as a tourniquet and used his shirt as a bandage before grabbing gloves and gauze from first responders to continue assisting victims.
Kelly expanded on his actions in an interview with local media: