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(NEW ORLEANS) — New Orleans police have arrested the main suspect in the shooting of a medical school student.

Euric Cain, 21, was arrested Monday in connection to the shooting of Peter Gold, a 25-year-old student who stepped in when he saw a man, identified by police as Cain, dragging a woman down a street at around 4 a.m. on Friday.

The “enraged” gunman then shot Gold in the stomach, police said, in a terrifying moment caught on a surveillance camera.

The gunman tried to shoot Gold a second time, police said, but the gun jammed. The gunman then took the woman’s purse and fled, police said

Cain was arrested earlier this month for possession of a stolen cellphone during a carjacking, police said.

Cain faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, police said. A $12,500 reward had been offered.

“We’re going to find you, we’re going to prosecute you, and you’re going to spend the rest of your life behind bars,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Sunday.

A representative from Tulane University told ABC News on Sunday that Gold, a fourth-year medical student, continues to improve and remains in guarded condition. He remains in the same condition today.

Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News: “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.”

Tulane President Mike Fitts said Friday that Gold 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.”

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