Suspect identified in shooting of good samaritan New Orleans medical student

Landrieu ID's Suspect in Tulane Student Shooting
Landrieu ID's Suspect in Tulane Student Shooting

The suspect police are searching for in the shooting of a New Orleans medical student was identified Sunday as a man with a lengthy rap sheet.

Euric Cain, 21, remained on the run Sunday after shooting Tulane University resident Peter Gold, 25, early Friday morning when the student stopped to help a woman who Cain appeared to be dragging down the street.

Most of the ordeal was caught on surveillance video, in which Cain can be seen shooting Gold in the stomach before pointing the gun at him again and attempting to shoot him at least two more times. Police said Cain's gun jammed before he stole the female victim's purse and fled.

"We know who you are and you need to know that we are going to find you," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a message to Cane during a news conference Sunday.

Landrieu said authorities were offering a reward of $12,500 for any information leading to Cain's arrest.

"We are committed to tracking him down," said New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison. Cain faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, Harrison said. He said investigators were able to identify Cain after finding his SUV.

Cain was most recently arrested for stealing a cell phone and has also faced past stolen vehicle and weapons charges, Harrison said.

"It is clear this is a dangerous individual who doesn't value the lives of others," Harrison said, adding that anyone who is hiding or housing Cain will also be charged.

Police said that the woman involved in the incident is cooperating with investigators and they don't believe she had any relation to Cain.

Gold was hospitalized in critical condition Friday, but his family said in a statement Sunday that he "continues to improve and remains in guarded condition."

Gold "is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way," said Tulane University president Michael Fitts. The school has contributed $10,000 to the reward fund.

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