Speaking for the very first time, Dr. Peter Gold described the harrowing moments he was shot as he tried to prevent a kidnapping in the Garden District.
Nov. 20, 2015 changed Gold's life forever.
"I was driving down Magazine Street and I happened to see him, a man, dragging this girl across the ground. He had her in a choke hold, basically," Gold said.
The Tulane medical student, on the phone with his parents at the time, said instinct kicked in and he pulled over to help.
"I started yelling at him to leave her alone and the next thing I know, he's trying to rob me. At that point, the tables were turned, and my heart started to sink and I was starting to think, oh, this is not good," Gold explained.
Surveillance cameras rolled as Euric Cain shot Gold in the stomach.
"I'm on the ground, I'm just gasping for air pretty much," Gold said.
Cain stands over him seconds later, ready to fire again, before his gun jammed.
"Things really happen for a reason," Gold said.
Less than 24 hours later, Cain kidnapped a couple in Treme, robbing and raping them both before being arrested by police. Although his life is forever altered, Gold said his compassion lies with the other victims.
"Their wounds will never quite heal like mine, and my heart goes out to them," Gold said. "I know they're trying to rebuild their life and live their day-to-day, which I can imagine is hard, and I just want them to know that I think about them all the time and I hope they're doing well."
He also thinks about New Orleans frequently. Gold just started a foundation with his friends to empower at-risk youth, a small step he hopes will make a difference.
"In 20 years from now, our city grows into what we want it to be," he said
Gold said the woman he helped rescue, reached out to him with a handwritten letter to thank him. He's now working in New York in residency at a hospital and specializing in orthopedic surgery.