LAS VEGAS — Driver Winifredo Maquindang was in the taxi lane outside the lobby entrance of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino when he heard gunfire.
He got out of the taxi, and a few moments later people started running from the concert venue where shooter Stephen Paddock fired shots at.
All of that footage was captured by Winifredo’s taxicam.
Everyone was asking for help from Mang Winifredo.
“I thought it was firework. I wait and wait and then he fired again the 2nd time, the glass was falling down in the ground. So I know this is real now I left pumunta ako sa scene kung anong nangyayari doon sa nakita ko parang warzone doon yun eh.”
Only 5 people can fit in Winifredo’s taxi cab but 2 extra wounded passengers were able to fit at the back of his taxi cab.
“Puno ng dugo yung van nung nandoon na ako sa sasakyan tumakbo ako ng 80 miles per hour na walang pahinto hinto para akong police car o ambulance.”
While driving the wounded passengers, Winifredo was praying that all of his passengers will survive, as a few of them were severely wounded on the neck and back.
“Palagay ko yung isa sa likod sa neck. Sinabe ko hold on hold on yourself I will drive you safe. Ang hirap kase maraming stop light kang papasukan,” he shared. “To all my passengers I wish you are all alive. God bless you!”
After dropping his passengers off at a nearby hospital, he planned to go back to the scene and help more victims, but roads going to the Las Vegas Strip closed down.
In the face of hate and violence, heroism emerged, and among those heroes is Mang Winifredo Maquindang.
Winifredo’s bosses and the Fil-Am Vegas community are all praises for his act of heroism, since it was just his 4th day at work when the tragic incident happened.
“It was an amazing act of bravery, and he was talking about the policemen taking offensive defense on the ground, and you have this everybody just loading this cab up with injured people. Probably and some of them might have died if he didn’t step up,” said PIO Joel Willden of Yellow Cab. “Just extremely proud of him.”
Mang Winifredo’s story is just one of many stories coming out of the worst mass shootings in modern US history.