Springfield man injured in Las Vegas shooting: 3 things to know

Oct 04, 2017
Springfield native Todd Riley was hit by shrapnel during the largest mass shooting in American history while attending a country concert in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A Springfield native, Todd Riley, who now lives in Thornton, Col., was one of the more than 500 people injured during the largest mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Riley credited the first responders and medical staff with saving lives that day, calling them the real heroes.

Here’s three things to know about Riley and what happened to him during the shooting.

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1. Local connection

Riley, 47, graduated from Kenton Ridge High School in 1988. He is currently a school administrator at Century Middle School in Thornton, where he has worked since 2009. His mother, Rita Riley, still lives in Springfield.

2. Injured while trying to aid another victim

Riley was waiting in line for concessions when the shooting starting. A woman fell near him and she was shot in the chest. He attempted to resuscitate her after dragging her to a merchandise tent. He later used a wheelbarrow to push her over to medical staff. That’s when he noticed his injuries. He had been hit by shrapnel in his left and abdomen

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3. Resting comfortably

He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released after being reunited with his fianceé, whom he had become separated from during the shooting. They returned home to Colorado and he sought additional medical treatment there.

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