Amidst the horror wreaked upon concertgoers during the recent Las Vegas massacre, stories of heroism also emerged. When one 5-year-old boy got separated from his mother and aunt, a stranger took him away from danger to safety, and then used the power of social media to get him back home.
Young Aden Huser’s mom, Doris, had taken his 8-year-old sister to the bathroom when the shooting started at the Las Vegas “Route 91” country music festival on Sunday. He was with his aunt when the chaos ensued.
Aden tripped and fell and got separated from his aunt and was all alone amidst the panic, as people ran for their lives, and gunshots rang out. He didn’t know what to do.
Twenty-six-year-old Lindsey Rogers, who had come to the music festival with some friends, saw Aden in a merchandise tent and decided she had to help him. She was hesitant to take the boy, as she feared his mother would be terrified, but decided she had to take him to safety.
Meanwhile, gunshots continued and they were by no means safe where they were. Lindsey shared her tumultuous experience:
I was nervous to take him because I knew that his mom would be devastated to find that her child was gone, but in the moment we thought that the best decision was to get as many people as safe as possible. The shots were so sporadic and it wasn’t stopping so we took a chance.
She took Aden and ran to the nearest building, the Motel 6. Afterward, she took him to the hospital and attempted to contact the boy’s mother through social media. She and several others, including police officer Chris Cunningham and his girlfriend, Taylor Sutton, posted a photo of the boy to get the word out about his location and condition.
Aden’s information got reposted thousands of times and, eventually, a phone number of the boy’s grandfather finally came in. When he got the word to Doris that her son was safe, her fears subsided.
Later, she told ABC: “The second time I called and talked to my dad, he answered the phone crying. He said, ‘They found Aden, I don’t know how he is or anything. I just got a phone call saying your grandson is at Sunrise Hospital.’”
The emotional reunion saw Aden tightly in his mother’s arms.
“I dropped to my knees. He ran as hard as he could to me and we were like one. He just held onto me so tight,” she recalled.
When asked about how she conveys the magnitude of what had happened to her kids, ABC reported, Doris said that she “just tries to be open with them,” adding that she plans on seeking counseling for both her son as well as herself.