Andrew Gudmunson shares his story of Las Vegas shooting

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:49 PM CDT
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What was supposed to be a fun vacation for a Minot couple and their friends turned into a fight for survival.

"That whole day was a great time until obviously the shooting started happening" said Andrew Gudmunson.

Gudmunson says he remembers the moments that followed after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas.

"Everybody remembers hearing reload run, reload run. So, at that point we got up, ran, and then shots started again. We hit the ground again and that's when I think I got hit. When we were on the run the second time because when I got up again, it just wasn't there" said Gudmunson..

Gudmunson tells us that strangers rushed him out of the concert venue and to the hospital. His girlfriend McKenna Larson says Gudmunson was the third victim on an operating table that night, and he went through four critical surgeries over the next few weeks.

"They made an incision down the middle and they took all my intestines out and they're lying on a table. They go through them inch by inch and they're looking for a hole. They find a hole, snip it and stitch it back together. I think I ended up losing forty percent of my small intestine" said Gudmunson.

Gudmunson continues to recover and Larson continues to stand by him, as she has from the beginning.

"The doctors and nurses, they were really, really great. I was probably their worst nightmare because anytime any beeping or anything went off, I was right at the nurses station like, 'hey, what's going on?'" said Larson.

Doctors finally removed Andrew from a ventilator after nine days. Gudmunson says he is overwhelmed by the support that family, friends and strangers have offered through his recovery.

"Bad things happen, but I think this is a good result of a bad thing. It could have been a lot worse. It's a good result. In my mind it's a good story" said Gudmunson.

A story of survival that strengthened the bond of this couple from North Dakota.