A tourist was shot three times while shielding his fiancee from the bullets of the terrorists who attacked a resort in Tunisia earlier today.
Matthew James was shot three times as he did his best to protect his wife-to-be Sarah Wilson.
Wilson said that her fiance, a 30-year-old gas engineer, used his body as a human shield to protect her and took bullets to his shoulder, chest and hips as the terrorists fired their weapons at the sunbeds at the Sousee Beach resort in Tunisia.
1. Matthew James, 30, is fighting for his life after being shot three times while trying to protect fiancee Sarea Wilson, 26, from terrorist gunmen who attacked Tunisia earlier today.
Fortunately, James survived and is currently recovering in hospital from a shattered pelvis and a heart attack.
Wilson said that, covered in blood, he told her to run away and “tell our children that their daddy loves them.” She added:
He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started.
He was covered in blood from the shots but he just told me to run away. He told me: “I love you babe. But just go — tell our children that their daddy loves them.”
2. Wilson, a mother-of-two, said that James’ last words to her after being shot were: “Just go — tell our children that their daddy loves them.”
It was the bravest thing I’ve ever known. But I just had to leave him under the sunbed because the shooting just kept on coming.
I ran back, past bodies on the beach to reach our hotel. It was chaos — there was a body in the hotel pool and it was just full of blood.
You just can’t explain how terrible it was. It was chaos with screaming and gunshots. I’m just so glad Matthew is alive because so many other people are dead.
The couple are from Pontypridd, Wales. Luckily, they left their two children, Tegan, 6, and Kaden, 14 months old, with family at home when they left for Tunisia for a two-week vacation.
3. Staff use blankets to cover the bodies of the dead and wounded after a terror attack in Tunisia earlier today.
When they headed to the beach this morning, the couple had no idea of the horror that was about to take place. Wilson said:
We were just on the sunbeds, messing around and having a nice time when we heard these sounds.
The shooting had started and there was a man with a gun opening fire all around. It is hard to remember just exactly what was going on.
I only saw the one man in dark clothing but people were being shot. Matthew put himself in front of me then he was hit, he moved and the man shot him again. Again he tried to move and he was shot again.
He was shouting and blood was pouring out all over. I was screaming and it was chaos as more shots were coming out.
We were down on the floor next to the sunbeds to shelter but the shots just kept on coming. He just told me to go, to look after our kids and that he loved me.
4. Bullet holes riddle the windows of hotel buildings in the popular tourist destination of Sousse, where the seafront is lined with luxury resorts.
Wilson had no idea whether her fiance had survived the attack until some time after the shooting. She said:
I didn’t know if he was dead or alive. I was even looking under white sheets to see if it was his body.
I kept on speaking to people and after about two hours somebody handed me a phone to say: “I have a very grumpy man on the phone who won’t do anything until he has spoken to you.”
It was Matthew and that was the first time I knew he was alive. He just told me he loved me and that he has had an operation to save his life.
I’ve been to the hospital intensive care and I’m just staying here on a chair now. His pelvis was shattered by the bullet and he also had a heart attack.
But he is alive. I’m just praying we can get out of here as soon as we can. We think it will be OK but it is difficult because not many people speak English.
No-one knows what was going on. We have had to draw pictures to try to find out.
The couple are due to get married in the summer of 2017 and the terrorists can do nothing to prevent them.
5. Briton Olivia Leathley told of how after the attacks began she ran to the lobby of Bellevue Hotel, where she was staying, before hearing gunshots ring out nearby.
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