A man who described himself as homeless is being hailed as a hero online after coming to the aid of victims of a terrorist attack in Manchester, England, Monday night.
The suicide bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester left at least 22 people, including children, dead. Dozens more were injured. Police said that the bomber, Salman Abedi, loaded the explosive with nails in order to increase the damage.
According to ITV News, Stephen Jones was sleeping outside near the arena Monday evening. When he heard the blast, he initially thought it was fireworks.
"I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood," Jones, 35, told ITV News.
Jones described the chaotic scene he encountered as people left the concert venue.
"We were having to pull nails out of their arms and stuff and a couple out of this little girl’s face," he said.
Another woman, Jones told the station, was injured on her side, so he and a friend helped hold her legs up “because we thought she was just going to bleed right out.”
“I wouldn't have been able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that," he said.
"Just because I'm homeless doesn't mean that I haven't got a heart and I'm not human still,” he said. "They needed help and I like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It's just instinct to go and help if someone needs your help.”
Twitter users praised Jones’ actions.
Let's hope it's reciprocated and someone rushes to help Steve #Manchester @manchesterCouncil #homelessness… https://t.co/Ty5Xpicte7— Minnie's Mum (@Minnie's Mum)1495559806.0
A man who has 'nothing' in the world's eyes gave everything in #Manchester last night. Honour these children with s… https://t.co/96UpJGGBv8— Christian Guy (@Christian Guy)1495555693.0
The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.