Benefit for Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Kortney Spencer Planned For Sunday
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For four years, Wall resident Kortney Spencer traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Harvest Music Festival, a country music concert on the strip.
What was supposed to be a day of fun and music ended in tragedy, as Spencer was shot in the leg just as country star Jason Aldean took the stage for his set. As she heard Aldean in the distance, Spencer suddenly had a “bad feeling” and asked her friends to leave.
“I just knew I wanted to get away from the noise, and all of the sudden I turned around to see if my friend was behind me, and I got shot in the leg. Everybody was still singing and dancing, and Jason Aldean was still performing, and I got shot,” she tells 107.1 The Boss of the events on Oct. 1, 2017. “There were no gunfire sounds yet. Everybody was happy, and when I looked down, that is when I sat down, and my leg was completely blasted open.”
Two seconds later, the rapid gunfire started. 58 people killed and hundreds more injured when gunman Stephen Paddock allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the street. Paddock killed himself while authorities closed in on his hotel room. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Spencer –a 28-year old speech pathologist–couldn’t walk, so her boyfriend picked her up, and that is when she heard a festival goer announce that his wife was a nurse–also from New Jersey.
“There were only a handful of people from New Jersey at the entire concert with 22,000,” she said.
Spencer reunited with the nurse a week ago, she said.
For the first four months afterward, Spencer had monthly surgeries to reconstruct her leg.
“The bullet was a military grade bullet,” she said. “I lost a lot of my leg right under my knee.”
Right now, Spencer is on a “surgery break,” and this Sunday (April 8) will be at the Port Monmouth VFW, 1 Veterans Lane, in Port Monmouth for a benefit raising money for her medical care. The event will have music, country line dancing lessons, a performance by Loren, and a raffle of gift baskets donated by many businesses in the community. Other survivors from the tri-state area will also be in attendance.
“The country community has been so strong,” she says. “I don’t want to stop going to concerts. It’s a great way to get people together. It’s a happy place, and I hope it’s not ruined for everybody..Keep doing the things you love.”
The event begins at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.