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Iraq veteran took stranger's truck to transport Las Vegas shooting victims

Iraq veteran took stranger's truck to transport Las Vegas shooting victims

Former Marine Taylor Winston, who stole an empty truck with the keys left inside during the Las Vegas shooting and used it to drive victims to the hospital, just got the ideal message from the vehicle's owner.

Lindsay Padgett was attending the Jason Aldean concert at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival with her fiance, Mike Jay, when she heard popping sounds that she initially thought were pyrotechnics.

"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 in an interview with ABC 10 News. "It was just shooting fish in a barrel". He said he tried to identify some of the most critically injured victims and drove them to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center before ambulances had even arrived at the mass shooting.

The duo transported around 20 to 30 people in two trips to the hospital until it looked like paramedics had the situation under control.

"(There) was a utility vehicle, and I knew that sometimes keys are left behind for the next driver", Winston told The Orange County Register.

"People started scattering and screaming, and that's when we knew something real was happening", Winston said. They squeezed into the back of the truck and the backseat.

By the end of the night, Winston and his friends would transport two-dozen people to the hospital.

Winston and Lewis were able to take about 24 people to the hospital in a series of trips from the scene of the attack. "There was blood everywhere".

Winston joined the Marines at age 17 and served two tours in Iraq.

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.

"I think a lot of my training helped in the event, helped me keep a cool head", Winston said.

"There was a lot of bravery and courageous people out there".

Friend, Lauren Wardell wrote on Facebook: "Taylor Winston is a total badass and hero!" He said he saw many people - like him - doing good deeds. "I'm glad that I could call them my countryfolk". He was not aware which of his passengers survived but said that he was confident that he made a difference that night.