Nurse Shot in Las Vegas Massacre: I Wasn't Ready to Die There

A nurse today told how she stepped over bodies to escape after being shot by the Las Vegas killer, saying: "I wasn't ready to die".

Natalie Vanderstay, 43, from Los Angeles, was at the city's country music festival with friends when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from his suite in the Mandalay Bay hotel. She was hit in the stomach, and her leg was scraped by bullet fragments.

Speaking from her hospital bed she told how she feared being crushed in the stampede as festival-goers fled.

"I said to myself 'OK, I can't stay here. I'm going to bleed out.' It hurt so bad. But I knew I didn't want to die. I wasn't ready to die. People were screaming. And the screams got louder and louder.

"I felt this force in my stomach and I knew that I had gotten shot. It felt like a huge baseball, just the force of it going through my stomach."

She added that she could see her leg had been "flayed open" and then her medical training kicked in. She took off her flannel shirt to make a tourniquet.

"I just tried to stay low but I was being trampled," she said. "Everyone was stepping on everybody and, unfortunately, I had to step on people too just to get where I needed to get to."

Ms Vanderstay fled under gunfire, passing one man whose eye was "blown out", before staggering into the street where she flagged down a taxi.

Three other passengers on the back seat began treating her as the car raced to a hospital.

"They just kept putting pressure on my wound, because I had the leg wrapped. And they are the ones who called my friends and family.

"If it wasn't for that cab driver, I wouldn't be here," she said, breaking down. "And I don't know who he is. He did everything to get me here."

Ms Vanderstay is one of more than 500 people injured. At least 130 of them are still in hospital, with 48 in critical condition. Vice-President Mike Pence was among those who came to donate blood for the injured.

Christiana Duarte, 22, a university graduate working in Las Vegas as a marketing intern, was today named as one of those killed. Her cousin Gerald Laid, a former major league baseball player, said: "She was young, beautiful. Her life was just starting."

Mother of two Tara Roe Smith, 34, became the fourth Canadian known to have been killed. She was on a weekend trip with husband Zach and her family called her "a beautiful soul".

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