Woman hopes to find stranger who helped her during Vegas shooting

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) -- A Great Bend, Kansas woman is thankful to be back home after Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas.

Kaylin Hillegeist was at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with her uncle and cousin. The trio got split up when shots rang out. Now, Hillegeist is looking for a stranger who helped calm her during the chaos.

A blurry picture taken on her phone captures the moment she won't forget.

"When you are on the ground, even when you are running, you could feel the bullets go right past you," Hillegeist says.

At first, she thought she what she heard were fireworks at the outdoor country music concert near Mandalay Bay hotel.

"Two rows ahead of me, a girl got shot down and that's when everyone was like, 'holy... like, this is real.'"

Nearby concertgoers ran to find cover, but her cousin ran in a different direction.

"Every time he stopped to unload to reload the gun, people would just run, and he would go again. And that's when everyone would fall," Hillegeist says. "And finally, after laying there for five minutes, I told my uncle, 'we have to go.'"

Hillegeist's uncle went back to try to find her cousin, but couldn't. Hillegeist also took pictures while ducking near some equipment. This is where a stranger comforted her.

"There was this man that was laying about 3 feet away from me and he crawled over and just like, held my hands and told me to breathe and count to 10," Hillegeist says. "And he was just there for me."

The stranger helped Hillegeist cross to the other side of the equipment stand near an exit. Hillegeist, her uncle and the stranger got to safety. She never got the man's name, but she wants to find him.

"I would thank him so much cause I was just so scared and alone and I didn't know what to do and he helped me and I don't know if he realizes how much it meant to me."

Hillegeist says her cousin was found hiding in a warehouse after the shooting. She says someone stepped on her face while she was taking cover on the ground, but she was not seriously hurt.

Read the original version of this article at kwch.com.