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(NEW ORLEANS) — A friend of Peter Gold, a Tulane University medical school student shot while trying to help a woman on the street, says he’s not surprised that his friend would step in to help save someone.

The unknown gunman was first caught on a surveillance camera dragging a woman down a street, according to video released by New Orleans Police.

Gold, 25, then drove up and “stepped out of his vehicle to intervene,” Lt. Nick Gernon of the New Orleans Police said.

That’s when the suspect pointed a gun at Gold and demanded money, police said. When Gold said he didn’t have any money, the suspect “became enraged” and shot Gold in the stomach, in a terrifying moment caught on camera.

Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News that it “Doesn’t surprise me that he would have pulled over his car and attempted to save somebody.”

“He’s a great guy,” said O’Halloran, adding that the popular Gold is “a guy who generally always has your back.”

Gold, a fourth-year medical student, was hospitalized in “guarded condition,” police said.

Tulane President Mike Fitts said Friday that he was “expected to make a full recovery.”

“I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Fitts said. “He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way.”

The Gold family told ABC News in a statement, “While we deeply appreciate everyone’s concern, support and prayers as our family faces this crisis, our sole focus at this time is on Peter’s recovery. We ask that everyone respect our need for privacy while we join Peter as he begins to recover from the injuries he has sustained.”

The gunman took the woman’s purse and fled after the shooting, police said. The woman was not injured. Police urged the public to help identify the shooter, who police said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Fitts said Tulane is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

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