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Glendale firefighter injured during Las Vegas mass shooting

Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting
Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during a shooting near the casino, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
(John Locher/AP)

An off-duty Glendale firefighter was among the hundreds of people injured during a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday evening.

Steve Keys was grazed by a bullet while performing CPR on another person who was injured during the chaos. In a Facebook video from an account that appears to belong to Keys, the bullet looks to have left a small wound on the side of his torso.

In a post accompanying the video, Keys said he was OK, but a lot of people weren’t.

“I am lucky. Stayed behind on the street to help people,” he said. “Worked alongside a lot of [expletive] heroic men and women.”


Anita Shandi, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Fire Department, said a total of four local firefighters attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Keys was the only one injured.

In addition to city firefighters, a group of officers from the Glendale Police Department were also at the concert. Sgt. Robert William, a department spokesman, said the officers were there with their families and friends when the gunfire started.

“Fortunately, they were all able to escape from the attack unharmed,” he said.

An officer from the Burbank Police Department was also in attendance at the concert with his family. They were able to get away uninjured, according to department spokesman Sgt. Derek Green.


At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded when a gunman open fired on the more than 22,000 concertgoers around 10:05 p.m. The shots originated across the street from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Authorities have called the incident the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Police in Las Vegas said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., had at least 23 guns in his hotel room. He killed himself by the time authorities were able to get to his location.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo called the man a “lone-wolf attacker,” and there was no further threat to people.

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Oct. 3, 2017; 11:24 a.m.: This article was updated with details from a Facebook post attributed to the injured Glendale firefighter and a revised number for the amount of guns the shooter left behind.


This article was originally published on Oct. 2, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.