Conor S. O’Donnell, a detective with the Rhode Island State Police and a six-year veteran of the force, was among thousands of country music fans at the Las Vegas concert where a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
O’Donnell was unhurt, according to state police spokeswoman Laura Meade Kirk. The country music devotee was on vacation at the time of the attack and joined several other off-duty law enforcement officers in assisting victims at the scene.
State Police Col. Ann Assumpico issued a statement saying that state police were “proud to learn” that O'Donnell helped victims.
“Our thoughts are also with the men and women who serve with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as well as other first responders who tended to the hundreds of innocent victims killed and injured at the scene,” said Assumpico.
The state police also said that O’Donnell is declining media interviews. “We ask that you respect his privacy and not try to contact him.”
O'Donnell's father, the former state police Col. Steven O'Donnell, told RIPR that his son and his girlfriend, with whom he was vacationing, are not injured. But he said that "isn't anything to celebrate, 58 people died and hundreds of others are injured. He cheated death, but other people didn't."
“It’s just awful to watch that unfold and have zero control over it,” said O’Donnell. “And not much more that you can say about that, except that like everybody else, it’s heart wrenching to watch all this destruction and carnage that one person could actually do.”