Bodfish man at Las Vegas shooting helps other victims before himself

Posted at 11:43 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-07 02:43:55-04

When a gunman opened fire on the concert crowd at the Route 91 country music festival, Billy Bob Mason immediately tried to help others before himself. 

Mason is a huge country music fan from Bodfish. He's made it to every Route 91 concert in Las Vegas for the past four years, and even planned to marry his fiance at next year's.

But after the way this year's concert ended, he's not so sure that's still the plan.

Mason was looking forward to hearing Jason Aldean play. Then, gunshots were fired.

"I felt and heard bullets zoom by my head," Mason said. 

Mason stopped to help a man who was on the ground when he felt a bullet strike his foot. But the wound didn't stop him from helping the people around him.

"So I tied my sock around my foot and ran back in to try and evacuate more people, to get more people out," Mason said. 

Mason, a certified nursing assistant, used his truck to transport three people to nearby hospitals. He even drove back to Bakersfield with the bullet still in his foot.  

Despite all of this, he doesn't call himself a hero.

"I just did what was right, what I thought was the right thing to do," Mason said. "I can't not run by somebody who's laying on the ground obviously distraught."

The 46-year-old said he'd do the same thing if it happened again. 

"Even afterwards, I felt like, 'Gosh, I wish I could have done more,'" Mason said.