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Man took gunshots to save fiancee

By Staff Reporter

A holidaymaker shot in the attack threw himself in front of his fiancee to save her.

Saera Wilson (26) said gas engineer Matthew James (30), from Trehafod, near Pontypridd in Wales, was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip.

Speaking from the hospital where Mr James was being treated, Ms Wilson told the BBC: "He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life. He was covered in blood, but he told me, 'I love you, babe, just go - tell our children that their daddy loves them'. It was the bravest thing that I've ever known.

"I had to leave him because the shooting kept coming. I ran back past bodies to our hotel. It was chaos - there was a body in the pool, and it was just full of blood. I can't explain how terrible it was."

Ms Wilson, who is said to have hid in a hotel cupboard until the attack ended, added: "His pelvis was shattered and he had a heart attack, but he is alive. We're just praying we can get out of here."

The couple had left their children, Tegan (6) and Kaden (14 months), at home for their two-week holiday.

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