Nashville Man Tried To Save Las Vegas Shooting Victim

Posted at 12:48 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 19:25:03-04

One of the 58 people killed on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night died in the arms of a Nashville man.

Derrell Vaughn flew to Las Vegas for the three-night, Route 91 Harvest music festival and was leaving the concert when the shooting began.  

"Me and another guy looked back and we were like ‘is that gunfire or fireworks,’" Vaughn said.

The shooter fired randomly into the crowd of more than 22,000 people. Vaughn knew CPR and tried to help save one injured man who was brought to him in a wheelbarrow.

"Two guys running down the street with a wheelbarrow and a man inside of it,” he said. “I do like 20 chest compressions, I pinch his nose. I blow onto his mouth, and blood just started coming from ears, eyes, nose, mouth.”

Vaughn said he and others tried for eight minutes to save the life of the stranger who was shot. But the unidentified man died in his arms.

"My prayers and thoughts out to his family because we tried to bring him home safely to them. I failed and I'm sorry for that,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn still doesn’t know the man’s name or where he’s from. He said they couldn’t just leave him in the street so they brought his body to nearby first responders who took it from there.

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