Andrew Gudmunson credits girlfriend, strangers for saving his life

Published: Oct. 23, 2017 at 5:01 PM CDT
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The Minot man injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting has spoken out for the first time via Facebook, detailing a series of heroics that saved his life.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Gudmunson shared several photos on Facebook Sunday night, along with a lengthy statement, where he calls the support from the community “beyond overwhelming.”

Gudmunson said he survived a gunshot wound on the left side of his abdomen at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and the bullet exited his body on the other side.

Gudmunson credits his girlfriend McKenna Larson and a series of strangers for saving him by rushing him out of the concert venue in a wheelbarrow in the midst of continued gunfire, before a car stopped and the driver rushed him to the hospital.

He says he was the third of 200 people treated at the hospital, and if not for the quick action of Larson and others, he would not have survived.

“She saved my life, plain and simple,” says Gudmunson, when speaking of Larson’s actions to guide him to safety.

Gudmunson also reiterates his thanks to everyone in the Minot community who has rallied behind him.

He says he intends to return to the Magic City soon.

Gudmunson, a Minot native, attended college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and returned to Minot to work as a realtor.

Authorities say that 58 people were killed in the attack, and 527 injured.


Photo courtesy: Andrew Gudmunson