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Man Pictured Protecting Woman At Vegas Shooting Is A US Army Soldier

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Man Pictured Protecting Woman At Vegas Shooting Is A US Army Soldier

Following the horrific events in Las Vegas this past week, when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival, there have been many accounts of the heroes of the tragedy.

One of the stories was about two strangers who were spotted on the floor - a man lying on top of a woman to shield her from the gunfire. Many people feared for their safety but the photographer behind the dramatic image has said they got up and ran to safety shortly after the picture was taken.

Man shielding woman
Man shielding woman

Credit: Getty Images


The man has since been identified as Matthew Cobos, an active US soldier. He ran back into the chaos to help and protect people, once again doing his duty to his fellow countrymen and women.

Cobos has since left Vegas, the Daily Mail reports, and has returned to his home in California. He's a Cavalry Scout.

Credit: Instagram


In a similar story, it was revealed that 29-year-old former marine Taylor Winston was the man who stole a truck to drive back and forth from the scene in Las Vegas, helping to get people to safety as the bullets flew.

The owner of the truck has now reportedly managed to get in touch with Winston, sending him a message.

The former marine shared the message, which said: "Hey Taylor, [I was] told you might have the keys to my truck?? All I want is the key. Other then that it's all water under the bridge to me. And how's the people you hauled doing?"

Taylor then replied, saying: "I have 'em for ya. When do you want to meet for 'em? We're at the Monte Carlo. I took about 30 critically injured to the hospital. Your truck was extremely important saving those people's lives.


"I don't know if they all made it."

Credit: Taylor Winston


According to various reports, Winston managed to get around 24 people away from the shooting and to safety, though it's still unknown how many were fortunate enough to survive.

The latest police update puts the death toll from the Vegas attack at 59, with 515 suffering various injuries. That puts this as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Paddock was shooting from the 32nd window of a room at the Mandalay Hotel, but took his own life before law enforcement could arrive. They reportedly found at least 10 rifles inside the room.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Getty

Topics: army, Las Vegas, soldier

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