Facebook

B.C. man grazed by gunman’s bullet

A Winfield man is recovering in hospital after the mass shooting in Las Vegas

A Lake Country man is happy to be alive after being injured in the Las Vegas massacre.

Related: Kelowna woman witnesses Las Vegas mass shooting

Braden Matejka, who was raised in Enderby, is in hospital after being wounded when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night. His head was grazed by a bullet but he didn’t sustain any skull fractures.

“He was traumatized but thankful to be talking,” said Brock Matejka, who spoke to his 30-year-old brother Monday morning.

“I’ve never been so happy to hear his voice.”

Related: Revelstoke women escape mass shooting

Braden Matejka and his girlfriend Amanda Homulos were taking in a performance by country music star Jason Aldean when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

“They heard shots, ducked and tried to find cover. He was protecting his girlfriend,” said Brock Matejka.

Braden, who is a heavy duty mechanic at Vernon’s Great West Equipment, could be in hospital for the next 24 hours and his parents are travelling to Las Vegas to be with him.

The lone shooter killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500.

Brock Matejka admits that the magnitude of the tragedy is overwhelming.

“It’s been quite the ordeal. I didn’t sleep at all Sunday night because I was waiting for updates,” he said.

Related: 58 killed in mass shooting in Las Vegas

26 hours ago my life changed, my girlfriend and I were attending the route 91 festival, as we heard what we thought were…

Posted by Braden Matejka on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

—-

Original:

A Winfield man is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital after he was injured in Sunday’s mass shooting.

Braden Matejka was one of three friends from Winfield that were down in Las Vegas to enjoy the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival.

A friend of Matejka tells the Calendar that a bullet was shot through Matejka’s cowboy hat, grazing his head.

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

The lone shooter killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500.

Matejka and his girlfriend are set to fly home on Tuesday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Alberni man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car stopped, impounded after driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Oceanside Generals back on winning path

Gens score tough VIJHL home wins vs Buccaneers, Glacier Kings

Residents speak out against proposed Parksville affordable housing development

Environment a primary concern; land is largely on a 200-year-old floodplain away from city centre

‘Epic sky palace’: Parksville businesses grant wish for young boy recovering from cancer

Eleven-year-old Kai Hennessey receives treehouse of his dreams

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Rainfall warning issued for east Vancouver Island

Warning issued for area from Nanoose Bay to Campbell River

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Most Read