Chief: 'No greater selfless act' than med student shot trying to save woman

Tulane med student shot trying to help woman

NEW ORLEANS -- A Tulane Medical student is fighting for his life after being shot Uptown trying to stop an attempted abduction.

Investigators say security cameras caught a close up of the gunman and his getaway car. Eyewitness News Reporter Tania Dall spoke with an eyewitness who says he saw the crime unfold.

"He did not seem to care at all. It seemed like a very natural, nonchalant process for him to go ahead and take somebody's life," said a man who witnessed the crime and asked to not be identified.

The image caught on surveillance video is a chilling one. It shows a woman who police now say was drunk, being dragged in the 1000 block of St. Mary Street by a hooded man at 4 a.m. on Friday morning.

The scene caught the attention of Peter Gold who was driving by. The 25-year-old turned his car around to help the young woman. The eyewitness says he heard the commotion, which quickly unfolded and led to the violent crime.

"I heard a guy yelling outside saying: 'I don't have any more money,'" said the eyewitness.

The gunman is captured on security cameras pulling the trigger and shooting Gold once. The suspect then aims at the victim's head, trying to shoot him three more times, but investigators say the gun appeared to be jammed. Police said the suspect demanded money from Gold then shot him because he said he did not have cash. The suspect took the woman's purse and left the scene.

"When I looked outside, the guy with the gun with the clip hanging out shot him in the stomach. I couldn't tell that then. He was lying on the ground, and then I saw him try to execute him," said the witness.

The good Samaritan who stopped is a fourth year Tulane medical student who is now fighting for his life after receiving a bullet wound to his abdomen.

New Orleans police say cameras captured clear images of the man and his getaway car.

"There's no greater selfless act than to stop and help someone perhaps who you don't know, for reasons you don't know," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Police said the suspect is a black man and he was wearing a dark hooded jacket. Tulane University is even offering up a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help crack the troubling case.

"Let me make that clear you can't hide and run. We are going to catch you," said Chief Harrison.

Police say Gold is in "guarded" condition at the hospital and the woman seen in the surveillance video was treated for minor injuries and released.

If you recognize the suspect in the video call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.


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