Hero who shielded woman from Vegas carnage is a United States soldier

Hero who shielded woman from Vegas carnage is a United States soldier”

The U.S. Army has identified soldier Matthew Cobos as the man who appeared to be protecting a woman on the ground in the now famous Getty photo. He was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his sister and her boyfriend during the shooting, and is for the time being back with his family in California.

#LasVegas shooting #hero has been identified as #USArmy Soldier, Matthew Cobos.

Cobos can be seen shielding a woman as gunshots rang out during the country music festival in what would become the worst mass shooting in US history.

Speaking to CNN, Becker, who was working for Getty Images, spoke of the photo and said, "A man shielded a woman with his body before I saw them both get up and run away".

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured after the suspect, Stephen Paddock, unleashed a barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort before taking his own life on Sunday.

According to Cobos's Facebook account, he is a Cavalry Scout (19D) at the U.S. Army living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Daily Mail reported that Cobos not only covered the woman, but shielded her eyes so she wouldn't see the brutal casualties of the's not clear what Cobos's intent was, but the picture shows him looking as though he is trying to limit her vision.

In today's hyper-partisan environment, when political battle lines are often immediately drawn in the sand during horrific acts of violence, it's comforting to realize heroes like Matthew Cobos exist. He also wrote, "Matthew Cobos you're the epitome of what it means to uphold the Army Values".

It was later reported that after the shielding incident, Cobos ran back toward the fire to help others. Shows your bravery and compassion.

SBS News has reached out to Mr Cobos for comment. "Stay safe, young man".

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