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As bullets flew at Vegas concert, Arroyo Grande man helped move people out of harm's way

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Many people from the Central Coast were in the Las Vegas at the Route 91 Country Music Festival the night of the massacre. 

KSBY spoke with one Arroyo Grande man, Timothy Nash, a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting. He was able to help protect many people fearing for their lives. 

Nash, his girlfriend, and her family were all at the concert. Fortunately, they all got out safely, but not before Tim decided to physically protect and help about two dozen people. 

"We were there for the concert, we were there just to have a good time," Nash said. "That's it, that was the original intent." 

He and his girlfriend, Megan, had been at the festival for all three days. 

On the last night, as Jason Aldean performed... "It sounded like a firecracker, a really muffled firecracker," Nash said. "I was just like, well, it's Las Vegas. But then everyone started screaming and running."

Nash said he was just left of the stage where the volley of shots rained down. 

"I turned back around and saw a bunch of people who were having troubles," he said. "I came back around and started helping people over the fence. I started grabbing people underneath my arm, pulling them out and after that, we basically had this idea and we just started shaking the fence."

The fence broke and hundreds were able to get out of the event area. 

"If I could describe the look in their faces, the sheer terror," Nash said. "It was pure pandemonium. There were women trampling men, men trampling women. I mean it was a horrible sight."

Tim said he served in the Army for 12 years in Afghanistan and Iraq and had some medical training.

"There was a guy behind me yelling, 'medic!'" Nash said. "We went back around helping him put a tourniquet with a belt on his thigh."

Now, many people are calling Tim a hero, but he said he doesn't feel like one, it was basic human instinct to help and do the right thing. 

"I'm just praying for all the families of the victims and all of the injured," Nash said. "It was senseless. We were all there to have a good time and one person had to ruin it."

Tim is now back home safe and glad to talk to his three daughters.


Timothy Nash and girlfriend Megan at the Route 91 Harvest Festival prior to the shooting. (Photo courtesy Timothy Nash)
 
 

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