Many stories are emerging from the fateful night of mass shootings during Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
One such story, from ABC News, is that of 5-year-old Aden Huser. The young boy was enjoying Jason Aldean’s set with his mom, sister and Aunt. As many of us have done over and over, Aden’s mother Doris, left her son with his aunt while she took her 8-year-old daughter to the bathroom.
It was then that the shooting from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel began. In the mass confusion, people started running for cover. Doris did not know where her son and sister were. Sadly, little Aden had no idea where his mother was either.
“I lost her and I feel sad because it was just me and my aunt and I didn’t know where my sister was so I didn’t know where to run,” Aden told KTNV TV.
In the chaos, Aden was separated from his aunt as well. When good Samaritan Lindsey Rogers, who was fleeing from bullets herself, saw Aden standing alone, she grabbed him, taking him to safety.
“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,” Rogers told ABC News in a message
Wanting to reunite the little boy with his family, Lindsey and friends, following advice from police, took a picture of Aden and posted it on social media in hopes someone would recognize the little boy and know where he was.
It worked. Aden’s grandfather received the call about his grandson and reunited as Sunrise hospital, where Aden was taken for safety. Soon after, Doris, who fled to a casino with her daughter, called her father and got the news that Aden was safe.
“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,'” she told ABC News.
Mother and son were reunited the following morning. After hugging each other tightly, Aden asked his mom a question.
“Next time, can we all go to the bathroom together?” he said.