Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From Tragedy to Joy: Mother reunited with 5-year-old son through social media after Las Vegas shooting

I can't begin to imagine the shock fear turned to joy after finding her son while shots were being fired.

ABC News reports five-year-old Aden Huser was enjoying a night watching Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas with his family Sunday night when suddenly, everyone started running. 

There were loud pops, like fireworks, and then a chaotic crowd that pushed him from his aunt. His mom and his sister had gone to the bathroom just moments before. 

It would be two hours before strangers and social media reunited Aden with his family.
Police would later confirm that at least 59 people were killed and 527 injured when a gunman opened fire on the music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. 

During those two hours, Doris Huser, Aden's mother, said she was imagining the absolute worst. She felt completely "hopeless and helpless" but tried to stay strong for her 8-year-old daughter, she said.

As the shots rang out, Lindsey Rogers, 26, ran to a merchandise tent. There, she found Aden. He'd fallen and been separated from his aunt. His mother, on her way back from the bathroom, said when she heard the shots her heart sank.

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