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Hospitalized Las Vegas gunshot victim stands to greet president

07 October 2017, 06:36 | Melissa Porter

Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll

Thomas Gunderson was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Monday night when Stephen Paddock, 64, fired shots from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The bullet went through Gunderson's leg, he suffered torn muscles in his calf and nerve pain but luckily the bullet missed the bone and arteries.

He said he could tell that the Trumps "genuinely cared" about the people who were in the hospital. Gunderson was one of the many people who sustained injuries from being shot and spoke with the president and first lady during their trip. However, the woman who he calls his guardian angel summed up Iclodean's situation relative to the president's visit. Trump then gave Gunderson a pat on the back and asked: 'How's it going?'

Despite the relatively simple gesture that was created to be "an uplifting message during this horrific time", Gunderson later posted on his Facebook that he had received a deluge of hateful comments. When the president comes into the room, President Trump shakes Gunderson's hand and says "This guy looks tough to me".

Gunderson posted the video to his Facebook page with the caption: 'I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!

"Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!" he concluded.

"After meeting with the president and Mrs. Trump, he added "#MAGA" - Make America Great Again - to the dry-erase board in his room.

Video has emerged of one of the most poignant moments following the recent Las Vegas shooting.

President Trump meets with doctors and first responders in Las Vegas just days after a mass shooting left 59 dead and hundreds injured.

'We love you Las Vegas, ' he wrote in the caption of the video with the song God Bless the U.S. by Lee Greenwood playing in the background.

Gunderson said both Trump and the first lady were "so sweet to me and my family".

Thomas Gunderson was one of the hundreds injured in the deadliest mass shooting in USA history in which 59 people were killed.

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