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Man who shielded woman from gunfire seen in viral Las Vegas massacre photo is an Army soldier

October 05, 2017

A man seen protecting a woman from gunfire in one of the most viral images from the Las Vegas massacre has been identified as an American soldier, the Daily Mail reported.

Viral photo from Vegas shooting (Elyssa/Twitter)

The image went viral on the internet following the deadly attack at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Matthew Cobos, a U.S. cavalry scout based in Hawaii, was identified as the man in the image shielding a woman from the gunfire as horror unfolded around them.

(Matthew Cobos/Facebook)

Just moments later, Cobos and the woman got up and ran behind a nearby car to try to get to a safer location, the Daily Mail reported.

DailyMail reported that once he got the woman to a safe location, Cobos ran back into the danger area to help those who were wounded.

Cobos used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of a shooting victim. He also put his fingers inside the bullet holes of where people were shot, the Daily Mail reported.

Cobos is believed to be back in California spending time with his family.

A friend of Cobos’ who served in the Army with him identified Cobos on Facebook.

“This is Matthew Cobos,” Tim Fender said in a Facebook post. “He was attending the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas. I had the opportunity to serve in the Army with him and he became a close friend of mine. He saved this young woman’s life and provides cover for her during the shooting. Then during the aftermath he went and helped at the hospital with the wounded. This is what a true American hero looks like.”

(Tim Fender/Facebook)