Walla Walla man shares his son's survival story at the Las Vegas Massacre
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Many woke up to complete shock Monday morning, hearing of the tragedy in Las Vegas. However, one Walla Walla man couldn’t even get sleep because he found out his son was one of the hundreds wounded.
It was a restless night for Mike Hammond, as he learned out about the mass shooting as it was happening.
In those first moments, all he knew was that his son had been hit by one of the countless bullets.
"You know you get a phone call, the phone call stops,” Hammond said. “You don’t know—it’s not knowing, how injured are you, how bad are you, what's going on?"
Hammond said his son Jason and daughter-in-law Lauren were in Vegas at the country concert Sunday night. The phone rang and that's when he got the news, then the phone died.
"You could tell it was just a panic," Hammond said.
His son was streaming a live video on Facebook of the final song when you hear the first rounds of shots being fired.
"You can hear in the video my son took, he's just randomly shooting everywhere," he added.
The video captured the confusion.
"The people in the crowd, they were going ‘What was that? Was that fireworks?’” Hammond said. “And Jason and his friend said ‘No that' sounded like gunfire.’"
Hammond said he still hasn't processed what's happened.
"The video brings reality back," he said.
During the chaos, Hammond’s son was trying to help others who were injured. That's when he was hit with a bullet in the knee and another bullet grazed the back of his head.
"My heart goes out to those who were there and are injured and so many people who were trying to help like my son and his wife,” Hammond said. “That had to see the injuries—that’s imbedded in your mind. That’s something you'll never erase, you have to learn to live with it."
His son Jason is in the hospital awaiting surgery to his knee to remove the bullet.
Hammond said he's counting his blessings that his son's life wasn't taken from him.