In the days following what has been reported as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, 58 people were confirmed killed by gunfire while attending an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Are you involved in a story that has made the headlines?
Nearly 500 concertgoers were reportedly injured in the Oct. 1 attack which authorities say was perpetrated by a lone gunman. Investigators say 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire into the (estimated) crowd of 22,000 from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Many of the wounded began telling their stories publicly while still hospitalized.
“I think we all heard it, and then everyone kind of looked at each other,” says Amber Smith in a one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil airing Friday. “Half the crowd was running; The other half was ducking and hiding. I think it registered pretty quickly, what it could be.”
The mom of two says she was shot in the right thigh after becoming separated from her own mother and her best friend but managed to phone her husband, Chris, before being hit.
“And then she said she was shot in the leg – in the thigh – and she Face-Timed me,” says Chris, sitting next to Amber, who is still confined to her hospital bed. He says he felt helpless. “I just knew I had to get here as fast as I could.”
Amber, who says she’s been told she has a 4-6 month recovery ahead of her, details her rescue by a group of men – one of whom she says tossed her over his shoulder and ran with her, until flagging down an Uber driver who got her to medical attention.
Why does she say she feels guilty about attending the concert?
Dr. Phil speaks with more survivors of the Las Vegas shooting in a special report airing Friday
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