Husband Fatally Shot During Mass Shooting While Protecting Wife

A 29-year-old man named Sonny Melton was shot and killed at the Route 91 Harvest festival after shielding his wife, Heather Melton, from the bullets.

"He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," Heather told local Nashville news outlet News 4. "I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe."

The couple lived in Big Sandy, Tennessee, where Sonny worked as a registered nurse in an emergency room and ICU at Henry County Medical Center. Heather, who is a surgeon, also works at the hospital and Sonny would aid her in the operating room. 

Sonny’s family confirmed his death on Monday. 

As previously reported, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd of 30,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. More than 50 people were killed and over 500 injured.

The attack marks the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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