OKLAHOMA CITY – Nick Campbell is just thankful that he is alive.
What was supposed to be a fun outing for 16-year-old Campbell and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Olivia Vizzi, took a dangerous turn. The pair decided to attend the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas and were just five feet from the stage when the shooting began.
With nowhere to run, they dropped to the ground and Campbell covered Olivia with his body to shield her from the bullets.
During a break in the gunfire, Campbell told Olivia that now was the time to go.
“He said ‘Go behind the stage.’ So I jumped over and I thought he was coming with me and he wasn’t,” Vizzi said.
“And she got over the wall, the median next to us, to the stage and I couldn’t do that because I couldn’t breathe,” Campbell told TODAY.
Campbell had been shot and the bullet collapsed his lung. He pretended to be dead to avoid being shot again, and collapsed when he tried to walk to an exit.
As it turns out, Campbell had lost about a third of his blood, was suffering from broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He decided to call his parents and tell them what happened, but couldn’t stay on the line because he still couldn’t breathe.
Before he knew it, a Marine stopped to help him. The Marine created a tourniquet around Campbell’s shoulder from his string backpack and carried him to a car.
Now, the youngest shooting victim is trying to find the Marine who saved his life.
The Marine is described as a Hawaiian man in his 30s, well-built with slicked back brown hair.
In addition to being a hero, Campbell is also a big fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George.
As a surprise, the team sent Campbell a swag bag filled with sneakers, gear and memorabilia signed by all the members of the Thunder.
Paul George also recorded a special message for Campbell.
“Hey Nick, it’s PG. I know you’ve been through a lot recently, but there are brighter days ahead of you. You’re a shining example of resiliency in the face of terror and I’m honored that you’re a fan of mine. But honestly, I’m an even bigger fan of you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and God bless,” George said.