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President Donald Trump talks with reporters after meeting with victims of the mass shooting at University Medical Center , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Las Vegas survivor stood to greet Trump despite a gunshot wound to his leg



A man who was hurt during a recent mass shooting in Las Vegas on Wednesday stood when President Trump visited his hospital room despite the bullet wound in his leg.

Thomas Gunderson of Newport Beach, California posted a Facebook video of his encounter with Trump later that evening.

“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!” he wrote in the clip’s caption.

“There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag,” Gunderson added.

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“Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!”

Gunderson’s video shows him struggling to rise from his bed as first lady Melania Trump implores him “don’t get up.”

The shooting victim then makes it to his feet for President Trump and his wife, shaking hands with the former.

“This guy looks tough to me,” President Trump said before patting Gunderson’s shoulder and asking him how his recovery is progressing.

Some Twitter users on Thursday praised Gunderson, 28, for his reaction upon meeting the Trumps.

Gunderson told Fox News in an interview published Thursday that he suffered torn muscles in his calf and nerve pain.

“It’s hard to stand – very painful,” he said, adding that the bullet missed bone and arteries when it struck him last Sunday.

Gunderson was among the victims of last weekend’s carnage in Las Vegas, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Gunman Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 527 others after firing on an outdoor concert.

Responding police officers ultimately found Paddock, 64, dead inside his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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