LAS VEGAS (WTXF) - Las Vegas is a city trying to make sense of what happened after a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing at least 59 people and injuring at least 527 others. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
At least 130 people remain in local hospitals as of Tuesday night, with 45 of those listed in critical condition.
Joseph Meade's heart was racing as he drove from Southern California to Las Vegas after learning his sister Catherine was among hundreds shot at the Jason Aldean concert Sunday night. She was shot in the arm.
"She has a hole in her arm the size of a quarter. Luckily the bullet hit is in soft tissue. It stayed there. It didn't (turn) into an exit wound. If it would have it would have went into her heart," Meade said.
In the 4 hours it would normally take him to get to Vegas, he drove it in three, but had several unexpected stops.
"We went to three hospitals before we found her," he explained.
When he finally got to Sunrise Hospital where she is he saw the carnage.
"The floor was covered with blood. There were number of people there that weren't injured were still covered with blood from bringing the people that were injured in," he said.
He says doctors tried to remove the bullet but his sister's breathing and blood pressure has been too low
Meanwhile, across town hundreds flock to blood donation centers to help hospitals meet a critical need.
"I just moved from Pittsburgh to Phoenix and I felt I came this far recently. I might as well drive the extra way and do what I can for the people of Las Vegas."
Even Vegas celebrities pitched in. Magician Penn Jillette of the Penn and Teller duo helped out as well.
"Tragedies don't change communities. Tragedies give an opportunity to see how great people around us are," he said.