A Cranbrook man says his son acted as any good Canadian would during the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
David Savage’s son Dan was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from a nearby highrise hotel.
Dan Savage is a lead artist for a video game company in Los Angeles and his father describes him as a competitive obstacle course racer who loves country music.
Savage explains his son was with a group of friends on the left side of the stage when shots broke out.
The Key City resident suggests it was because of his son’s video game knowledge he son recognized the sound of gunfire and realized the type of situation he and his friends were in.
The senior Savage says his boy and the group had to try to escape while bullets flew over their head for 10 minutes.
Dad says Dan made sure the three women he was with made it out safely and because of his level of fitness was able to help his friends, and complete strangers, quickly climb over fences and other obstacles.
He adds Dan went even further to help turn a local convenience store into a safe-haven, making room for people and passing out water.
Savage says he’s proud of the way his son looked after his friends, but he’s not surprised by Dan’s reaction in what he calls a “war-zone”.
Mr. Savage suggests we never really know how we would react in these scenarios, but his son is a quality person.
Dad was hiking in the Elk Lakes area early Monday morning when returned to his truck and turned on the radio to find out what happened at the Las Vegas concert.
He recalls a distressing 90 minutes between hearing the news report and getting back to an area with cell-phone service.
Savage says a range of emotions from the moment he learned of the mass shooting to finding out his son was OK.
He explains it started with fear for his son’s safety, to gratitude he survived, and then shifted to anger as the United States continues to let these tragic incidents happen.
Savage says he’s sickened by the events and very thankful to live in the Kootenay Rockies.
He suggests Canadians with firearms are responsible hunters and he doesn’t understand how the US continues to get it wrong with gun control.
Gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people, including four Canadians, Sunday night and injured hundreds of others.
The incident is being described as the worst mass shooting in US history.
– Cranbrook father David Savage talking about his son Dan
– Full interview with David Savage
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