Home Inspiring ‘We’re not heroes, we’re just soldiers’: British troops who were partying in...

‘We’re not heroes, we’re just soldiers’: British troops who were partying in Las Vegas tell how they raced from Hooters Hotel to help gun massacre victims

580
SHARE

British troops on leave in Las Vegas during the mass shooting have revealed how they ran through screaming crowds to save the wounded.

Speaking for the first time since the massacre on Sunday night, they said used pillows, tea towels, belts and their shirts as makeshift tourniquets to stop the injured bleeding out as dead bodies lay around them.

In an emotional interview, Trooper Ross Woodward, 23, said he used his army training to try and save a man who had been shot in his back but he tragically died as he was holding his hand.

Six troopers from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards were in the city on the night gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in the largest mass shooting in modern US history.

Ross Woodward, 23, said he used his army training to try and save a man who had been shot in his back but he tragically died

Ross Woodward, 23, said he used his army training to try and save a man who had been shot in his back but he tragically died

People scramble over barriers to get to safety as the gunfire rages on at the Las Vegas event

People scramble over barriers to get to safety as the gunfire rages on at the Las Vegas event

The British troopers had been taking part in desert training in Nevada and were on leave in the city drinking and visiting casinos at the time.

They were split between the Hooters Hotel and the Tropicana Hotel, close to where the concert was taking place.

Last night the men, who are yet to go to war, described the horrifying scenes as they rushed to the scene to help the wounded and save lives.

Trooper Woodward, from Nottingham, was walking towards the Tropicana Hotel from a casino when he heard gun shots and screams.

Speaking from the US before their flight home, he said: ‘At first we just believed it was fireworks and then there was chaos. Everyone was screaming the ‘gun man’s coming’.

He said he started finding casualties, adding: ‘Someone had been shot and I was trying to find the exit wound. He was just saying it was difficult to breathe.