This image of a man lying on top of a woman as he shielded her from the barrage of bullets that were flying around them has become one of the most haunting from the Las Vegas shooting carnage.
It happened just moments after a gunman opened fire on 22,000 country music fans on Sunday night from across the street on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino. The heart touching image, taken by Getty photographer David Becker, was one of the first to emerge from the massacre. At the time, it wasn’t clear if the woman was dead or if she had been seriously injured.
Becker had just finished taking pictures at the Route 91 Harvest festival and was back in the media tent editing his photos when the first shots were fired.
‘I went outside to see what was happening and a security guy said it was just “firecrackers“, so I went back to work. The second time I heard the popping sounds somebody said to me “it was just speakers or sound equipment” and again, I went back to the media tent and continued to work. Then the noises went again and that was when the crowd started to flee,’ he said in a statement issued to various outlets.