Luck was on Peter Gold's side last night.
Driving at 4 AM in New Orleans, Gold, a fourth-year Tulane medical student, spotted a woman in peril. She was being dragged by a hooded attacker toward a nearby vehicle. Knowing something ugly was about to go down, Gold's inner Good Samaritan kicked in—he backed up his car against traffic and went to help.
Gold hopped out of his car to aid the struggling woman, and the attacker appeared to take off. Then, the unthinkable happened (Watch below).
Brandishing an automatic weapon, the assailant leapt out of his car. When he aimed it at Gold’s head, Gold was as good as dead. In a remarkable twist of fate the crook pulled his trigger and the gun jammed.
Gold pleaded with the attacker but the criminal lowered his gun and shot Gold in the gut. After Gold fell to the pavement, the would-be kidnapper turned his gun at Gold’s head again, only to have it jam a second time. He tried to shoot Gold in the head two more times, but his automatic jammed each time.
Luckily for our Good Samaritan, the hooded man admitted defeat and made a getaway.
He is still at large.
Gold is convalescing at the University Medical Center, where he is expected to make a full recovery. The woman he helped, whom police did not identify, was treated for minor injuries and has since been released.
Security footage seems to show a robbery gone bad. According to The Advocate, the attacker hopped into his car after snatching the woman’s purse.
Tulane University is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information about this perp. Though the details of this uncanny event are hazy, one thing is certain: Gold is lucky as hell to be alive.
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