A mugger tries to shoot medical student Peter Gold in the head. Photo: New Orleans Police DepartmentA Good Samaritan has survived a cold-blooded execution attempt after he went to help a woman who was being robbed.
Peter Gold, 25, a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans, was driving on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District early on Friday when he saw the woman being dragged by a hooded man along St Mary Street, The Times-Picayune reported.
He stopped his car and got out to help, video footage shows.
The attacker then turned on him, shot him in the stomach, aimed at his head and fired, but the gun jammed. The attacker tried twice more, unsuccessfully, to shoot Mr Gold in the head.
Police are now searching for Euric Cain, 21, who is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, The Advocate reported.
Police told ABC News the gunman became enraged after Mr Gold told him he had no money.
The mugger drove away in a grey or silver four-wheel-drive with the woman’s purse, police said.
She was not seriously injured.
Tulane President Mike Fitts said in a statement that Mr Gold was taken to hospital but was “expected to make a full recovery”.
“I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Mr Fitts said.
“He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way.”
The university and Crimestoppers have offered a $US12,500 ($17,300) reward for information leading to an indictment.
“Obviously, the level of violence we saw this morning is disturbing, and we would hope that will compel someone to come forward and give us the information we need,” police officer Nick Gernon said.
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