PHOTOS: First victims of Las Vegas massacre


The first shooting victims have been identified after 58 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night.

Nurse Sonny Melton, 29, Denise Gesford Chambers, Jordan McIldoon, 23, and Quinton Robbins, 20, all lost their lives  when 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of nearby Mesquite, Nevada began shooting from his hotel room across the street at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

Another 515 people were injured in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Melton's wife Heather, who was with him watching Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Village, says her brave and selfless husband died saving her life.

'He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,' she told WSMV.  'I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.'  


Nurse Sonny Melton, 29


The couple lived in Big Sandy, Tennessee, where Melton worked as a registered nurse in an emergency room and ICU at Henry County Medical Center.  His wife, who is a surgeon, also works at the hospital and he aided her in the operating room.  


Student Quinton Robbins, 20


Another victim was identified through a Facebook user who said she watched him die in her arms. 


A woman on Facebook says she watched Jordan McIlldoon (left) die in her arms


Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was attending the festival with his girlfriend, his parents told CBC.


Heather Melton, left, says her husband Sonny, right, saved her life. He was shot in the back and died, while Heather survived. 


Heather Gooze of Spring Valley, Nevada spread word of his death on Facebook. 

'Friends and family, I am OK. I am right outside of the festival grounds. We are not allowed to go anywhere,' Gooze wrote Monday morning. 'I am with a young man who died in my arms! RIP Jordan McIldoon from British Columbia. I can't believe this just happened!!!'

McIldoon's parents said he was a heavy-duty mechanic's apprentice and was soon to attend trade school. 

Quinton Robbins, 20, of Henderson, Nevada, is the third shooting victim to be identified.

His aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, confirmed on Facebook that Quinton had died on Sunday night, describing him as 'the most kind and loving soul.’


Stephen Craig Paddock, right, is the man who killed more than 58 and injured 515


'Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.’

Robbins was a student at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and worked as a recreational assistant at the City of Henderson. 

'Quinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy,' Tyce Jones, a long time friend of the family, told Newsweek. 'Always had a smile on his face and was a nice guy. He loved his family and loved to coach his little brother's flag football team. He will be missed. 
About 22,000 people were attending the third day of the country music festival, which featured top acts like Eric Church and Sam Hunt. 

Photos of the hotel on Monday morning show two windows on the 32nd floor shattered. It's believed that Paddock was staying in a large suite or connected rooms and was shooting down on the concertgoers below from both windows.

Police were able to pinpoint where the shooter was firing from because the gunfire set off fire alarms in the hotel. 

They responded to the room and breached the door using explosives. But by the time they entered the room it was too late - Paddock had shot himself dead. 

Inside the room, they found an 'arsenal' of 10 firearms. 

This morning, police raided Paddock's home in a retirement community in Mesquite, which he shared with his girlfriend Marilou Danley. 

Danley was initially called a person of interest in the shooting, because she appeared to have checked into the hotel with him. But when police called her after the shooting, they found out she had been out of the country and that Danley had used her ID to check into the hotel alone on September 28. They no longer believe she had anything to do with the massacre. 


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