EXCLUSIVE: Tucson couple recounts Las Vegas shootingPosted: Updated:
A Tucson couple is back home after surviving the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month.
For the past week, Mark Lathen and Sonrisa Raths have been at their Oro Valley home healing with friends and family.
They spoke to Tucson News Now exclusively.
“I just remember standing there having a nice time all of a sudden realizing something was really wrong,” Lathen said.
That was the moment Stephen Paddock started shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
When gunfire rang out, Lathen told his girlfriend to run. That’s when he headed toward the shooter.
“We were separated from them immediately because they (Lathen and a friend) ran to help and told us to run away,” Raths said.
“My instinct was just to turn and run at this person,” he said. “The bullets were just everywhere. They were just hitting metal, pavement, going through the tents. You could hear them, it was non-stop.”
Lathen was shot in the leg. The bullet went through the front and out the back.
“I thought, ‘Mark has been killed,'" Raths said.
A man give Lathen his belt to stop the bleeding and he thinks that saved his life.
“I told him to make it as tight as you can,” Lathen said.
Two women picked up Lathen and moved him to a makeshift medical tent as Paddock continued shooting.
Lathen and Raths were separated, but the couple reunited at a nearby hospital.
The couple does not want to keep reliving the tragic day.
“When this happens you realize it’s not a safe place," he said. "I hope people can heal from this, including us.”
Lathen said while the shooting was tragic, it brought everyone together.
“To see the people there care for each other was impressive. It really was.” Raths said. “There was love and compassion. That conquers evil.”
Both want to thank the man who gave Lathen the belt.
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