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University of Texas at Austin

Life changes in a flash, other mass shootings survivors say

Every time there's a mass shooting, Adrian Littlefield relives the one that nearly killed him half a century ago when a sniper perched high in a tower fired down on a Texas college campus. There have been dozens of rampages since then, each one a reminder of how his life was forever changed by a stranger hell-bent on mayhem.

"I still get frightened when those things happen," said Littlefield, now a 70-year-old preacher living in East Texas. "It stirs something inside me, a hurt that just never goes away."

Survivors of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas say what got them through was leaning on family, friends and counselors.

For Angel Colon,...