Las Vegas Shooting: Rick Baughman


From my notes:  “Jason Aldean, who was performing on stage in Las Vegas at the time of the shooting, says he and his band are canceling their upcoming shows this weekend out of respect for the victims and survivors of thw attack.”

Denver-area resident Rick Baughman will always know how close he came to being among those killed during the music festival in Las Vegas. His room pass became the key to his survival.

“You knew that you were inches away from not being here. It sounded like short fireworks kind of thing. And [Jason Aldean] does do that. But it just wasn’t at the right time, but still not thinking anything, right? But why would you?

Then when the real round came off. I was watching the stage and you could see him stop and look at his band. The lights went off. That’s when… just chaos just, broke out. I start running. I just ran and ran. People are falling everywhere. I lose my group immediately. You hear another round start going off and people were jumping over porta-johns, over fences. I broke down a fence and just started running with a group of people as fast as we could.

The girl next to me was laying on the ground and got shot. I picked her up with another fella and we got her to a tent. I felt a tug at my shorts and didn’t think anything of it. We put a table up to barricade ourselves from where we thought the shots were coming from. Then they stopped for a while, and so I made a run for it.

It wasn’t until later I saw that I’d been grazed by a bullet. It went through my cargo shorts and my wallet, my credit cards, even my hotel room key. It could have been much worse.

It was terrifying, such mayhem you just don’t know what to do or where to go. It’s just surreal. I hope no one has to go through it again. I am just thankful to be alive, and happy, and to be with my people. I just wish the best for everyone affected by this.”

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