Saginaw native born on 9/11 was youngest shot during Las Vegas massacre

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (10/5/2017) - Nick Campbell has direct links to two of the United States' most horrific events in recent memory.

Nick Campbell

The 16-year-old Saginaw native was born on Sept. 11, 2001 -- the date of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

"I have always been able to say that a beautiful thing happened that day, because Nick was born," said his aunt, Beth Charlton of Thomas Township.

This week, Campbell became the youngest person shot in the Las Vegas shooting rampage.

Campbell will recover from his wounds, but it's been a tough week for his family members living in Mid-Michigan. About 2 a.m. Monday, his aunt got a phone call about the unfolding tragedy in Las Vegas.

"My cell phone rang and it was my brother, and he said, 'Beth,' he was crying, and he said, 'Beth, Nick has been shot,'" Charlton said.

For the next four hours, Charlton and her family in Thomas Township nervously awaited word on Campbell's condition.

"The bullet went through his arm and shoulder into his chest and apparently the ribs did what they are supposed to do and protected him, so he has some broken ribs and bullet then fragmented and was in his chest in multiple pieces," Charlton said.

Campbell was at the Las Vegas concert with his girlfriend. He was protecting her when the gunshots started.

"It's a horrible feeling when your loved ones are far away and something terrible happens and you can't be there," Charlton said.

Charlton remembers asking her nephew what he wanted for his birthday while he was visiting over the summer.

"He wanted money because he wanted to buy concert tickets," she said. "It was a fun thing to be able to do, and for him to go with his girlfriend and for this to happen is a horrific, horrific thing."

Beth Charlton says Nick could be released from the hospital as early as tomorrow.

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