Peter Gold was shot and nearly executed after the medical student stopped his car to save a woman from being mugged and abducted. Video of the violent assault is being released in the hopes of finding the assailant.
New Orleans police released surveillance footage showing the Tulane University medical student driving his car in the city’s Lower Garden District while a man dragged a woman toward an SUV, NOLA.com reported.
When Peter Gold got out to help the woman, the gunman turned his attention to the 25-year-old medical student instead, demanding money.
The video shows Gold saying something to the mugger, who then shoots Gold in the stomach. As Gold fell to the ground, the gunman stood above him and tried to shoot Gold in the head from point-blank range, but the gun appeared to misfire twice.
“The victim explained to the suspect, repeatedly, that he did not have any cash,” the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. “The suspect became enraged and shot the victim once in the stomach and attempted to shoot him a second time, but the gun jammed.”
The president of Tulane University, Mike Fitts, released a statement on Friday commending the student and asking for prayers.
“Peter did his undergraduate work at Tulane, where he was very active at Hillel. Both his parents and sister attended Tulane. I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way.”
Those who knew Peter Gold said they were not surprised to see him risk his life to help someone in danger.
“That is so Peter,” said Michele Adams, who taught Gold at Tulane. “He was always engaged, involved with his peers and just an amazing person, so it doesn’t surprise me to hear he was trying to help someone. ‘Selfless’ is what comes to mind.”
Adams said Gold won the department’s “Outstanding Student” award.
“Peter is really one of the nicest people you would ever meet, and he is an amazing student, I’m sure, even in med school,” she said.
Gold appeared to put his medical knowledge to use during the incident. The medical student began attending to the woman when the attacker jumped out of the SUV and held Gold at gunpoint.
The video of Peter Gold being shot has gone viral on the Internet, shared across the country as outrage grew over the nearly deadly assault. The video can be seen below, but be warned that it contains disturbing images.
Though Gold was in critical condition, police have been able to piece together the sequence of events that led to the shooting.
Gold told investigators that he saw the man dragging the woman against her will, then stopped and backed up his car. When he got out he saw the woman alone, not knowing that the attacker was still there. Gold had his cell phone in hand as he ran to her aid, The Advocate reported.
Police are now analyzing the video and are on hunting for the shooter.
“Right now we’re asking the public to look at the video,” Lt. Nick Gernon told The Advocate. “There are some parts of it where you can see the person’s face, and you can see the SUV he flees in.”
“Obviously, the level of violence we saw this morning is disturbing, and we would hope that will compel someone to come forward and give us the information we need,” he said. “We don’t solve these cases without the community’s help, and that’s what we’re asking for here.”
The Peter Gold shooting video captured important information about the shooting, including a flash of his face and his rough build — a black man just under 6 feet tall in his late 20s or 30s. Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Crime-stoppers at (504) 822-1111 or to leave a tip at crimestoppersgno.org.
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