Tulane Hero Who Saved Woman in Shooting Kept Low Profile at State of the Union
Peter Gold is the young Tulane medical school student who was shot in the stomach in New Orleans when he came to the rescue of a kidnapped woman just before Thanksgiving.
Though he was at the president's final State Of The Union address on Tuesday, the humble hero kept his appearance low-profile with zero fanfare.
Gold was a guest of Florida Republican Representatives John Mica, who invited people affected by gun violence to the speech. Peter is in Mica’s congressional district.
Mica told Bloomberg: “This isn’t a political statement or anything. It isn’t a conflict with the president or trying to upstage him or anything. This is a young man who carried out a courageous act.”
During the November incident, the accused kidnapper tried to shoot Gold in the head, but the gun jammed and repeatedly tried again before giving up and speeding off - leaving the woman he tried to kidnap behind.
At the State of the Union, the seat next to First Lady Michelle Obama was left vacant as a symbolic gesture to showcase the people who were victims of gun violence.
The First Lady invited Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone, one of the American heroes who stopped a knife-wielding man on a French train from carrying out an attack, to attend the address as her guest.