Man Tries to Shoot Good Samaritan in Head; Gun Jams
21-year-old suspect sought after attempted execution
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2015 5:23 AM CST

(Newser) – A medical student in New Orleans is incredibly lucky to be alive after being shot in the stomach while foiling an attempted kidnapping Friday morning, police say. In footage obtained by the New Orleans Police Department, a suspect identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain can be seen shooting Peter Gold in the stomach and then pointing the gun at his head and pulling the trigger, only to have the weapon apparently jam, the Advocate reports. Police say that after Gold stopped at around 4am to help the young woman he saw the suspect dragging along the street, the suspect demanded money from him and shot him after he said he didn't have any, the AP reports.

Police have praised the actions of 25-year-old Gold, who is in his fourth year at Tulane University School of Medicine. "There's no greater selfless act than to stop and help someone perhaps who you don't know, for reasons you don't know," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison tells WWLTV. Cain is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, and armed robbery, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The AP reports that the woman was treated for minor injuries received during the incident, while Gold is improving but remains in "guarded" condition in a hospital, his family says. (Sixteen people were injured in a shootout at a New Orleans playground on Sunday night.)