Yorktown woman recounts niece’s survival of Vegas massacre

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A Yorktown woman is recounting the ordeal of her niece who was shot during the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Denise Giordano says her niece, Samantha Faranda, was one of nearly 500 people shot and wounded on Oct. 1 when gunman Stephen Paddock fired on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Almost 60 people were killed.

Faranda's family back in Westchester scrambled to find out if any of their loved ones living in Las Vegas had been at the concert.

"We finally found out that she did get shot twice in the arm, which shattered and broke. And they had to put in a titanium plate in there and then she was shot in the side…a bullet went through the other side and missed all her organs,” says Giordano.

Faranda was released from the hospital and is now recovering with her mother in California.

In a Facebook post, Faranda thanked all the heroes who risked their own lives to save others and she also thanked the two men who took her to the hospital after she was shot.

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