Vegas Massacre Hero Offers Harrowing Account on CNN: ‘I Thought Honestly I Would Die’

Jonathan Smith says he’s no hero. His actions say otherwise.

Smith is reported to have saved as many as 30 people during the Las Vegas shooting massacre by running back to the scene to help get them out. The 30-year-old from California was then shot in the neck where an off-duty police officer from San Diego, Tom McGrath, helped to save his life.

“I think the people that weren’t there don’t realize how traumatic it was,” Smith said Wednesday on CNN. “The whole time, I thought honestly I would die. I really did.”

As OutFront host Erin Burnett tried to give him credit for his bravery, Smith demurred.

“I’ve been saying it since the whole time I got home. I’m not a hero,” Smith said. “I’m far from a hero. I think I just did what anybody would do. Was it smart?…Everybody might see different, but I’m just a normal human being.”

Burnett then surprised Smith by bringing in McGrath on the phone, which elicited tears from Smith. McGrath praised the shooting victim.

“I think he’s being too modest. What he did was extraordinary…I think somebody like him, he did something extraordinary, showed tremendous bravery. He’s somebody who inspires me.”

Watch the emotional segment above, via CNN.

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