Tulane med student shot in stomach trying to rescue woman in armed robbery
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- Tulane University confirms that a fourth-year medical student was shot in a confrontation near the corner of Magazine and St. Mary streets around 4 a.m. Friday. He was from Orlando, Florida.
According to an e-mail that was sent out by the Tulane administration, Peter Gold was shot when he tried to intervene in a mugging.
Gold was taken to University Medical Center for treatment. He is currently listed in guarded condition.
University President Mike Fitts said this about Gold:
"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."
Surveillance cameras captured the events that led up to the shooting as well as the attacker's escape. One camera shows a woman walking along the sidewalk near the corner of Saint Mary and Magazine streets.
"It's my understanding she was fairly intoxicated at the time and may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time," NOPD Lieutenant Nick Gernon told reporters Friday evening.
Another security camera shows a man approach the woman. She is seen on the ground as, police say, the man attacks her. Moments later the man is seen walking the woman toward his SUV with his arms around her.
Yet another security camera shows Gold drive his car toward the SUV after apparently seeing the attack on the woman. The video shows Gold park and approach the SUV on foot.
Moments later the attacker confronts Gold with a gun and demands his valuables. According to police, Gold told the man that he wasn't carrying any valuables and that's when the man fired one shot, striking Gold in the abdomen.
But the attacker wasn't finished. He is seen on camera trying to shoot Gold two or three more times, but the gun apparently jams and fails to fire.
Video shows the attacker drive from the scene in the SUV.
"There are some parts of it (the video) when you can see the person's face and then you can see the SUV he flees in. So we would urge anyone who looks at this video that might recognize this person to give us a call or call Crime Stoppers," Gernon said.
Police describe the attacker's SUV as gray or silver.
The woman involved was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.
Tulane University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect. If you have any information regarding his identity, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, post a tip at www.crimestoppersgno.org or via the Crimestoppers Tip Submit smart phone app. Callers remain anonymous and do not have to testify to be eligible for the cash reward, but they must contact Crimestoppers directly.
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