Would you stop to help a dying person who was shot by someone still in the vicinity? While many of would, honestly, try to save ourselves first because we do have families to think about, there are also a lot who would risk their own lives to help others in need, no matter the cost.
Take for instance this teen from Louisiana who leaped into action upon seeing a woman shot and pushed by her ex-boyfriend out of a vehicle. Daniel Wesley, 17, could have gone on and just wait for the authorities to help the woman, 30-year-old April Peck, but he wasn’t about to let someone else die while he still could do something to help.
So, together with his friends, Wesley ran to the woman and tried to save her but her attacker was so angry someone was trying to save the person he wanted to kill that he got out of his truck and began shooting at these Good Samaritans.
Wesley was hit in the behind but this did not stop the teen from helping the woman. He would later recall, “He gets out and he yells, ‘If you’re helping her, you are going to die, too,’ and he shot me in the butt and then he ran after everybody else.”
Even when the paramedics arrived, the man kept on shooting as many people as he could – including the paramedic unit! Thankfully, no other people were injured in the incident.
But the crazed attacker wasn’t finished yet. Angry with Wesley’s interference, he hit the fallen Wesley again in the arm. When he ran out of bullets, he went back to his truck and drove over Wesley, breaking the teen’s femur in half!
Cops would later kill the attacker in a shootout about 2 miles away from the scene. He was identified as 48-year-old Terrell Walker, Peck’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her two kids.
Sadly, despite Wesley’s efforts, Peck died.
As for Wesley, he has a long way to go before he would fully recover. He has undergone a number of surgeries to replace the shattered bones in his arms and to connect the bones on his leg – but he has no regrets that he risked his life to help her.
“I wish I could have done more because that lady ended up dying,” he said.
When the gunman’s cousin visited him at the hospital to ask forgiveness, he told her, “Don’t be sorry. You couldn’t change it. I couldn’t change it. It’s already in the past. I’m going to be fine.”
What a wonderful young lad… His family couldn’t afford his medical bills, though. So, they set up a GoFundMe campaign in hopes that people would help defray the cost of his medical needs.