RESEDA, LOS ANGELES - A Reseda woman who is pregnant, her husband and an Oxnard firefighter shared their stories of survival and how they helped victims in the Las Vegas massacre.
Rebecca Morse wore green sunglasses as her husband stood next to her. Neither were hurt during the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, but a couple next to them were hit with shrapnel.
"All I could do was put my hands around my belly and hope that if I got shot it would hit my hand and not my baby. I was so grateful that all my friends are OK," she said.
Morse said there was one person she couldn't help - the man standing next to her, who was shot in the head.
"We are so grateful and don't know why we survived and others did not," she said.
Morse is six months pregnant and is a pediatric ICU nurse.
"We know that we were trying to protect ourselves and in this moment we were helpless just lying there and couldn't do anything," she said.
But they did help others. Morse helped one woman with a head injury and her husband carried a wounded man to a nearby tent.
Morse wasn't the only first responder whose instincts kicked in. Jino Amparan, an Oxnard firefighter, was back to work on Monday despite what he experienced the night before.
One man, not far from Amparan and his girlfriend, was bleeding after a bullet pierced his chest.
"Really, looking at him, I could tell that there really wasn't a whole lot that I could do for him, other than get him out and get him to some help," he said.
Amparan made sure his girlfriend wanted to stay with him and she did. Then a man named Keith stumbled into the couple. They later found out he was from Ventura and that several bullets had struck him below the waist.
"Bullets are still being fired, it's still going on, and none of us were really concerned about that at the time," he said.
Amparan, along with a few others, helped get the wounded men closer to paramedics, which included hitting up drivers for rides to carry those hurt. He said his training may have kicked in, but it doesn't stop the shock.
His girlfriend told him she's dealing as best as she can.
"I've always thought I was safe. I've never seen any problems," Amparan said.
Morse is going through her first pregnancy. As for Amparan, he said one of the men he tried to save died, but the man's family reached out to Amparan and thanked him for trying to help.