The Las Vegas Strip was plunged into chaos Sunday night when a lone gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, smashed the windows of his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and began firing down at a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music festival roughly 500 yards away.
When gunfire rained down on Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest festival in the late evening on Oct. 1, Marine Corps veteran Taylor Winston sprung into action. Finding a nearby truck with the keys still in the ignition, Winston and a friend, Jenn Lewis, transformed the truck into an ad hoc ambulance and ferried as many as two dozen wounded attendees to the hospital during two trips, according to the Daily Beast.
Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Erick J. ClarosVillalta
On Jan. 6, former Army National Guard and combat soldier Esteban Santiago opened fire and killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport. This shooting brought national attention, not to mental health issues, but instead to the idea of the crazed, broken veteran.
There have been 399 mass shootings in 2016 alone. And while no one ever expects to be one of the casualties listed off in the harrowing evening news reports that follow these tragic events, it happens to people across the country almost every day. It may sound incredibly morbid, but in order to avoid becoming a statistic in an attack, it helps to arm yourself with knowledge of how to survive a shooting.
Shortly after 8 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2013, a lone gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard taking 12 lives. Not far away, Marine Staff Sgt. Zachary Rubart was training at Marine Barracks Washington as the platoon sergeant for the Marine Corps’ famed Silent Drill Platoon, reported Marine Corps Times. Hearing reports of an active shooter, Rubart immediately sprang into action, forming a quick-reaction force from the ranks of his Marines to neutralize the potential threat.