Local couple has offer for Good Samaritans

LAS VEGAS - A local couple feels lucky to be alive after escaping the gunfire Sunday night. Now, they want to help Good Samaritans they saw at the scene.

James and Diana Suarse say they ran to their pickup truck parked near Mandalay Bay and drove along Tropicana Avenue with other concert goers loaded in the back of the truck.

No one was hurt, but they know other drivers ended up taking victims to local hospitals for help. They Suarse's want to offer their auto body services free of charge.

"Definitely, it felt that day, I was running for my life. I mean, I felt like bullets were just chasing us and they were going to get me and my wife and I had to get her safe," James Suarse said.

The couple say theie escape from gunfire at the country music festival Sunday night felt like an eternity.

"In reality, it was only a few minutes but, it felt like we were running forever," he said. "I mean, I'm in great shape, I think. It took me a day to get my breath back." 

Their photos were taken before a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.

"This picture here of Jason Aldean, I took this three minutes before the first gunshot," said  Diana Suarse. 

At first, they weren't sure what the noise was.

"Then all of a sudden, it didn't sound a quiet. Pop, pop anymore. It was definitely a fully auto machine gun sound and everybody started ducking and my husband grabbed my arm," She said. 

"We knew when people's blood was getting scattered everywhere and that's when everybody started running," James Suarse said. "My wife means everything to me and i just tried to cover her eyes and keep her shielded and get her to a safe spot." 

They did make it home safely.

"Now we want to help the other ones," he said.

throughout las vegas there were scenes like this one at sunrise hospital...

The couple runs Command Detail which specializes in auto body work and they're offering free repairs to the Good Samaritans who helped transport victims.

"They played a very important role, a huge role."

The couple will help people who used their vehicles to transported the injured or help any victims who may have lost their car keys.


 


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