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    A group of friends from from Wilmington, Massachusetts, were among the many survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017)

    A group of friends from Wilmington, Massachusetts, were among the many survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

    With VIP access to the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Michael Stuart and his buddies planned on one more get together before they all turn 50 years old next year. But chaos soon erupted for the friends while they were enjoying the concert.

    Stuart said what happened next remains a blur as he tried to escape the hail of bullets and the melee that followed.

    "I have no idea if it’s one guy, I still think it’s multiple people as I run through there," Stuart recalled.

    But he can’t forget all the good Samaritans who tried to help, like the guys who pulled him into their hotel room, eventually escorting Stuart out to safety.

    "Everyone was just looking out for the best of everybody," said Stuart.

    Stuart’s other friend from Wilmington, Barbara Langone, was also helped by a good Samaritan.

    "When the shots went down, the guy pushed her down on the ground, and went right on top of her, to cover her," Stuart said.

    Langone posted on Facebook, saying she needed help finding the man. On Tuesday afternoon, through the power of social media, she was finally connected to him and was able to thank him for his bravery.

    Stuart and his buddies are now home and doing well. The group of close friends are amazed by the sacrifice and generosity of complete strangers.

    "In a horrible situation, it was good to see the humanity and people helping each other out," said Stuart.

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