NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Tulane Medical student shot and left for dead last week is improving, and a community is rallying around his bravery.
"When something like this comes about, you just can't pass up the opportunity to give it recognition," Tic-Toc Cafe owner Mike Delahoussaye said.
Delahoussaye posted a message to Gold on the marquee outside the cafe as a sign of hope to look up to.
"When I was putting up the sign, a woman came and took a picture of it right away. She said thank you for what you're doing. I said please don't thank me. This is all about this guy Peter Gold. I've never met this guy in my life. I'd be honored to, but this is all about him and his actions," Delahoussaye said.
On Friday around 4 a.m., Gold stepped in and stepped up as he saw a man trying to abduct a woman near Magazine and St. Mary streets in the Lower Garden Disctrict. But Gold became a victim himself in the process. The gunman shot Gold in the stomach and left him to die after the gun appeared to jam three times.
The bravery and courage Gold displayed that night has become an inspiration for an area torn by violent act after violent act.
"I think there was something special about the fact that he was a Good Samaritan in a city that he knew was dangerous. [The city] has a reputation for it, and he still stopped, got out and tried to help anyway," Irene Gracio said.
"We definitely need more people like him. He's a hero in my eyes," Bessie Hughes said.
"Everybody knows who [Peter Gold] is. My niece knows who he is. I think every household knows who he is," Tiffany Stoltz said.
The support is also viral. Peter Gold has his own hashtag, and hundreds of tweets express condolences and well wishes.
Carol Shoemaker of Chalmette felt so inspired she started a Facebook page title "Thank You Good Samaritan Peter Gold."
"It just breaks my heart that this man is in the hospital not with family, not with friends on Thanksgiving," Shoemaker said. "I was hoping to create a Facebook page that he would read on Thanksgiving day and kind of get cheered up a little bit.
"Out of every evil, a greater good can come out of it. I know that," Delahoussaye said. "This evil that was about to happen, a much greater good came from it."
A true beacon showing the good in all of us and a community's way of showing gratitude in return.