Fourth-year Tulane Medical School student Peter Gold was driving on Magazine Street at 4 a.m. Friday when he spotted a woman being carried against her will to a nearby car on St. Mary Street.
He backed up and turned against traffic on St. Mary, pulling up to the woman — by now crumpled on the sidewalk — and rushed to her aid, cellphone in hand.
As he crouched at her side, the man who had been carrying her moments before jumped out of a light-colored sport utility vehicle with a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Gold’s face.
He pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed.
Lowering the weapon, he shot Gold in the stomach.
Gold fell to the ground, wincing, and the man pointed the gun at his head a second time and pulled the trigger.
The gun jammed again.