Hero in Viral Photo Identified as Young Soldier Who Shielded Victims During Vegas Shooting

People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds / Getty Images
People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds / Getty Images

Matthew Cobos, a young U.S. Army soldier, is being hailed as a hero for his actions during the shooting in Las Vegas last Sunday.

An image went viral on the internet shortly after the shooting of a young man covering a woman with his body as the shots rang out. The man was lifting his hand to cover the woman's eyes to prevent her from seeing the scene around them. Shortly after the picture was taken, the two got up and ran off to safety.

The young man in the photo was Cobos, who afterwards, ran back towards the scene of the massacre to help others, the Daily Mail reports.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 2 people dead. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. The photographer witnessed the man help the woman up and they walked away. Injuries are unknown. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Matthew Cobos / Getty Images


Cobos used his belt as a tourniquet to stop bleeding and even used his fingers to try to plug wounds. Cobos told family and friends that he could see the shots hitting the ground and ricocheting around him.

The young soldier is stationed with the Army in Hawaii where he is a cavalry scout. He was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his sister and her boyfriend during the shooting, and is for the time being back with his family in California.