Police Body Camera Video Shows Minnesota Man Injured in Las Vegas Shooting

August 05, 2018 10:26 PM

Last month we brought you the story of a Minnesota man injured in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October.

He survived thanks to a Minnesota doctor who ushered him into surgery.


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But Phil Aurich says there were others who helped before he got to the hospital, and now you're seeing those people who come to his aid through the eyes of Las Vegas Police body camera footage.  

You've heard the personal accounts, now you can see the chaos.

Amid a mass of injured people, Aurich is caught on police body camera walking across the street trying to get help after he was shot while attending a country concert on the Las Vegas strip last October.

You can see him, on his side, on the sidewalk waiting for help. 

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His girlfriend Ali Opper and another person they don't know are both trying to keep him alive after he was hit by a bullet in the torso.

Police body camera video shows where the bullet went in, but didn't come out.

"It wasn't a scary video for us to watch, it's weirdly cathartic," Aurich said from his home in Las Vegas.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Jessica Miles visited Aurich in Las Vegas in April, and talked with him again by phone about now seeing what he lived through.

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"Everybody was looking around, I wasn't bleeding as bad, but that's because there was no other exit wound for it to bleed from, so it was surreal to see that," he said.

On one of the officer's body cameras, you can see a white truck that Aurich had tried to get into to get a ride to the hospital that night, but it took off without him.

"It was definitely a loaded down truck that I'm thankful that I did not get in when I was desperately trying to get into it," he said.

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It was in that moment of despair a police officer on the scene to set up a perimeter ditches that assignment, and starts bringing injured people to the hospital.

Aurich is his first transport.

Laying down in the back of the squad, you can see in the video a bystander in a blue shirt gets in, and they take off.

It takes eight minutes to get to the hospital. The officer is driving as fast as he can with sirens and lights going.

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"Is everybody OK still? Let me know, I'm trying to get us there, OK?" he asks his riders.

Once at the hospital, two officers usher Aurich inside.

As it turns out, the bystander putting pressure on Aurich's wound the entire trip to the hospital is also a police officer. 

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"You know, that guy didn't have to take a ride in the car, that guy sprung into action," Aurich said.

A police officer who randomly jumped in to help.

Aurich doesn't know who he is, or where he works, but says he would like to connect with as many people as he can who helped him that night.


Jessica Miles

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