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So this happened right in front of me.

  1. Feb 26, 2012 #1
    Cop shoots cop in front of Starbucks.

    Well technically, it happened behind me since I was sitting next to the fireplace reading a book with my back turned. After the shots rang out, about 6 or 7 of us ran outside to find the seriously wounded man bleeding to death. We immediately administered first aid using my belt and some shirts as tourniquets. An employee and myself also talked him through it until the EMT's arrived. His eyes kept rolling back into his head. I though he was going to die. There was so much blood. Must have hit one of the major arteries/veins in his leg. I also discovered a bullet hole in his wrist. Everyone was so level-headed; it was amazing. Gunshots don't sound like they do in the movies. They literally sound like really loud "cap" guns.

    I was just watching a zombie horror move the other night. There was a particularly gory scene that made me light-headed to the point I had to lie down. I still can't believe that I managed to help this guy, while covered in his blood, without going into shock myself. Adrenaline is an amazing thing. This is the town I grew up in. Nothing like this ever happens. You really never know what is going to happen next.
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    You're even mentioned in the article!

  5. Feb 26, 2012 #4
    Wow!! Well done Saladsamurai!
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    Way to go Salad!!!
  7. Feb 26, 2012 #6

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    It's an 'altered state', isn't it?
    good for you.
  8. Feb 26, 2012 #7
    Sorry you had to go through that, but great save!
  9. Feb 26, 2012 #8
    Very well done salad!!!
  10. Feb 26, 2012 #9
    Great job to you and all who helped that man live! The human spirit and willingness to help those in dire need is always amazing to me.

    Interesting article, and interesting reading the article linked in the comments section...
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    Bless you, Salad!
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    Wow! Kudos for keeping your senses about you!

    Now let me get this straight...you didn't know where the shooter was, right? You just went out and gave first aid, not knowing if there could be more gunfire. That's really, really amazing.
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    Wow! Good going! Yes, adrenaline really is amazing. How long did it take to stop shaking when it was all over and you realized what just happened and what you did? Or are you still shaking?

    Next time though...consider not running toward the gunfire. :eek:
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    Good advice, but I'm sure the victim benefited from the assistance of the people (including you) who ran to his aid.
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    Haha! Yeah, actually, now that you guys mention it right now is the first time it has crossed my mind that the shooter could have still been right there. Wow. But I am sure that the victim appreciates our bad judgement. And, yes Moonbear. When it was all over (i.e. the EMT's took him away) I was so overcome with emotions that it took all I had not to break down right there. I just kept taking deep breaths and shaking my head back and forth really quickly to try to get the image out of my head. I still have to do that when I am trying to sleep. I still see him bleeding and screaming and then slipping into a state of shock.

    It's so insane to see someone go from completely coherent one moment to borderline dead the next. You really can be gone in an instant. Hopefully the visions go away soon. They seem to be lessening each night that passes. Thanks for the kudos :blushing:, though they are not necessary. This whole experience has really renewed my faith in people. I hope that if I ever need help like this, I will be fortunate enough to have this type of group around me.
  16. Feb 26, 2012 #15
    Wow, great job! O.O
  17. Feb 26, 2012 #16
    Oh please! That was amazing, a bit irrational, but amazing! I'm just glad you didn't get hurt, or else I wouldn't have been saying how wonderful your act was; but thankfully, it worked out.
  18. Feb 26, 2012 #17
    Should one have yelled "I'm calling the police?"
  19. Feb 27, 2012 #18

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    SS, I'm sorry you had to go through this. It will always be with you. But for the sake of the victim I'm glad you were there. Way to step up to the plate!!! As much as this will always haunt you a bit, you can always be proud of how you handled yourself when the time came for action. You helped to save a man's life. It doesn't get much better than that.
  20. Feb 27, 2012 #19
    Thanks for the kind and supporting words folks. :smile: I learned a lot from all of this.
  21. Feb 27, 2012 #20
    Brilliant saladsamurai.You deserve a medal.:approve:
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