Country singer Jason Aldean was closing out the Route 91 Harvest Festival last Sunday night, when all of a sudden gunfire rained down on them.
21-year-old Fil-Am Arthur “Arty” Andrade Jr. says he’s just happy to be alive, after taking a gunshot wound to the stomach while attending the Sunday night concert in Las Vegas.
Andrade is expected to make a full recovery.
“Just a healing process. Just a long healing process now,” he shared.
It would be the second time that Andrade attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Andrade takes us through the moments before carnage was unleashed, to some 22,000 concert attendees.
“I was sitting like 50 feet away from the concert and I thought people were throwing firecrackers,” he said. “So I thought one hit me around the stomach area, and I grabbed my stomach and started walking away. And it started hurting a little bit. I was like ‘Ugh, what’s going on?'”
Andrade says he credits his friend for being able to assist him amidst the chaos.
“He put me over his shoulder and he carried me 20, 30 feet … and there was more gunshots and he dropped me by accident. So I stood up and said, ‘I got to go’. I thought to myself I had to go. And I made it all the way to the paramedic tent.”
Andrade was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where doctors were able save his life.
The numerous support Andrade has received from family, friends and the many strangers online does not go unnoticed.
“Thank you guys for supporting everything about me. Thank you. I really appreciate it a lot.”
Sunrise Hospital continues to monitor Arty but he looks to be going home soon. BA asked what is the first thing he wants to do after getting out of the hospital. He said he just wants some good food, and to wash it down with some Dr. Pepper.