All he wanted to do was help, but before it was over, he had sustained multiple painful injuries from being shot and run over twice.
Daniel Wesley, 17, is a trained emergency medical responder studying for his EMT certification, and on the way home from a shopping trip at the Mall of Louisiana with his mother, Kathy Wesley, Sunday, he noticed 30-year-old April Peck lying in the roadway, Baton Rouge's Advocate reported.
Moments after spotting Peck, the teenager pulled over, quickly yanked his father's medic bag from the car and dashed over to the woman, who had been shot and tossed from her vehicle minutes earlier by her boyfriend, 48-year-old Terrell Walker.
Just as Wesley was putting a pair of gloves on, preparing to apply pressure to Peck's gunshot wound to stop the bleeding, Walker came speeding back — this time, with the car aimed directly for the young medical responder and the smattering of others, including a physician and EMS ambulance crew, gathered around him.
When the car pierced into the small crowd, it threw Wesley against the ambulance, shattering his arm, his mother told the Advocate. Moments later, the crazed boyfriend stepped out of Peck's Chevrolet Malibu and shot Wesley.
Thankfully, Wesley was able to crawl away to the Essen Lane median, the good Samaritan's mother said, but when Walker returned, he fired another shot at him before climbing back into the car and running over Wesley a second time.
When all was said and done, Wesley, who was rushed along with Peck to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, sustained a shattered arm, a broken thigh bone and a pair of gunshot wounds that passed right through his body, according to his mom.
Peck was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical center.
Walker died late Sunday night in a shootout with East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies.
Wesley, who risked his life for someone he did not know, spent part of Sunday in surgery, where surgeons placed rods and pins around his broken femur and a second surgery is scheduled Tuesday to repair his shattered arm.
But after surviving everything he did for Peck, his mother is expecting Wesley to make a full recovery soon. And he's got a good attitude about the whole ordeal.
"He's a tough kid. He's silly and has a sense of humor you wouldn't believe," she said. "He's cracking jokes and trying his best to keep the pain in. He's been surrounded by friends and family all afternoon."