ROMULUS, Mich. (WJBK) - A Michigan man injured in the Las Vegas concert shooting is back home Wednesday morning.
Lee Dorchak, who had been stranded on the West Coast after not being able to afford a flight home, was able to get a Delta red eye flight out Tuesday night. He landed at Detroit Metro Airport around 6:30 a.m.
Dorchak was shot in the leg during the concert Sunday night when the gunman sprayed bullets into the crowd from across the street in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay. Dorchak says a Las Vegas officer and nurse helped him at the scene of the chaos.
"An off duty cop from the Las Vegas area, an off duty nurse from the area, they took a knife, cut my jeans back, put a belt around my leg. They helped, that's for sure," Dorchak says.
After being released from the hospital, he went to his best friend's house in California. He says he still doesn't know how he ran after being shot, but credits adrenaline and the first responders for saving his life and the lives of everyone else who survived.
Dorchak became stranded in California, though, when he learned his one-way ticket home was going to cost $600, something he couldn't afford. The airline held firm on the price so FOX 2's Roop Raj, who is out in Las Vegas right now, called around.
Delta got a ticket for Dorchak for $200, and when radio station 94.7 WCSX heard about the situation they offered to pick up the tab. FOX 2 learned Wednesday, though, that Delta refused to let anyone pay for the flight.
"I'm home, and I'm grateful for that. That's the only words I have, because there's a lot of people that can't say that," the Warren resident says.
As we now know, 59 people were killed in the shooting and more than 500 others were injured. Many are still hospitalized.
Dorchak's mother, two brothers and a sister-in-law met him at the airport early Wednesday morning. You can see video of their reunion in the video player above.
Dorchak says his experience has been surreal, and there's no way he can put it into words. He says he's eager to reunite with his 17-year-old son -- also named Lee -- and watch the Michigan vs. Michigan State game this weekend.