(NEW ORLEANS) –New surveillance video shows a clearer picture of the moments leading up to the shooting of 25-year-old Tulane medical student Peter Gold as he stepped in to help a woman who was being dragged by a man on a New Orleans street last Friday.
In the video, the suspect is seen getting out of a SUV and crossing the street. Once out, he goes towards the vehicle with the victim under his arm. But, as he approaches the car, the woman falls to the sidewalk in a struggle, and the suspect snatches her purse and gets into the driver’s seat.
Peter Gold is seen stopping his car in the middle of the street and getting out to help the victim. The suspect, identified Monday by police as 21-year-old Euric Cain, then gets out of his car and shoots Gold, who is seen backed up against the wall with his hands up.
As Gold lies on the ground clutching his stomach, the gunman tries to shoot him again but, fiddles with a gun that appears to be jammed. After that, he drives off in his SUV, leaving Gold and the woman on the sidewalk.
Concerned Good Samaritans are then seen running toward them to help.
Cain faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, police said Monday. A $12,500 reward had been offered for information leading up to his arrest.
Cain was also arrested earlier this month for possession of a stolen cellphone during a carjacking, police said. He has not entered a plea according to court records.
“Now he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail, as he should,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of Cain during a news conference Monday.
Gold was in stable condition as of Wednesday.
Tulane President, Mike Fitts said Friday, the student is 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.”
“Doesn’t surprise me that he would have pulled over his car and attempted to save somebody,” Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News.
“He’s a great guy,” O’Halloran continued, adding that Gold is “a guy who generally always has your back.”
Gold’s family gave ABC News the following 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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