A survivor of the Las Vegas massacre who barely escaped the bloodshed after getting shot in the head is now facing a disgusting amount of online death threats, many of them sent by skeptics who believe that the deadly shooting was manufactured by the government.
“You’re a lying piece of sh*t and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,” one person wrote to 30-year-old Braden Matejka on Facebook, the Guardian reported. “Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will Pay for the consequences,” another wrote.
Matejka was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and concert when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. As Matejka fled the scene with his girlfriend, Amanda Homulos, he was struck by a bullet in the back of the head, sending him plummeting face-first to the ground.
“The angle must have caught me just perfectly because it knocked me down, right on my face, and I said, ‘I think I got shot, babe I got shot,’” he told the AP. “She said ‘Where?’ I said, ‘The back of the head,’ and she looked and right down my whole back was completely soaked already in blood.”
Miraculously, the bullet lodged into his skull and narrowly avoided hitting his brain, which likely would have proven fatal. Despite his close brush with death, though, strangers have been turning to social media to dispute Matejka’s story and wish him harm.
“YOU’RE A LIAR AND THEFT PIECE OF CRAP,” one user wrote, while another opined: “Obviously a TERRIBLE CRISIS ACTOR. HE’S SCAMMING THE PUBLIC… This was a government set up.”
Matejka’s brother, Taylor Matejka, expressed disgust at how much hate people are spewing towards Las Vegas victims.
“It’s madness. I can’t imagine the thought process of these people,” he said. “Do they know that we are actual people?”