A mother is holding her 5-year-old son a little tighter today after reuniting with him following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. She and her son were separated in the crowd during the chaos.
Aden Huser, 5, was in Las Vegas Sunday night with his family enjoying the Jason Aldean concert at the Route 91 Harvest festival, ABC News reports. His mother and sister had gone to the bathroom moments before gunfire rang out. Aden and his aunt were in the crowd and got separated as people ran for cover.
His mother’s heart sank when she hear the gunshots.
“The whole crowd just started rushing right at me,” said mom Doris Huser. “I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but screaming did no good. It did nothing, we couldn’t find them.”
Aden was all alone, and a stranger, 26-year-old Lindsey Rogers, made the split-second decision to pick him up and keep running.
Rogers and Aden eventually got to a nearby Motel 6, along with Rogers’ friends. Police officers told Rogers to take Aden, now a lost child, to a nearby hospital. As Rogers arranged a ride to the hospital, a police officer posted photos of Aden to social media. Eventually, that post reached Aden’s grandfather who quickly came to the hospital to pick up Aden.
When Doris got the news, she was overcome with relief.
“The second time I called and talked to my dad, he answered the phone crying. He said, ‘They found Aden, I don’t know how he is or anything. I just got a phone call saying your grandson is at Sunrise Hospital,'” she said.
Aden reunited with his mom and sister the next morning. And on the way home, Aden made a simple request.
“Next time, can we all go to the bathroom together?” he asked.
His mom told ABC News she immediately started to cry and said, “I’ll never leave you ever again. … We will all go together, no matter what, every time.”