It was on Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Shawnee Wal-Mart that a woman and her baby were viciously attacked. The woman was being attacked by two men when two bystanders quickly came to her rescue.
One of the bystanders was an Iraq War veteran. The veteran immediately sprung into action when he heard the woman get attacked from behind. When he ran to her rescue he was shot multiple times.
The heroic veteran and his family declined being on camera for their local news network however the vet's family was not at all surprised that he stepped in to help.
"My son is just a wonderful guy. He'd help anybody because that's just his nature. I"m not surprised at all," said the veteran's mother.
The family revealed that the veteran had joined the Air Force shortly after 9/11. He was in the service for six years and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during this time.
"He would've helped anybody," his mother said. "It wouldn't have mattered if they were old, or white, black, whatever. He would've done it for anybody."
After the incident, when the veteran's family got the call, they were devastated.
"The first phone call was that he was shot in the face and dying," she said.
The family was then more than thankful to learn that he had survived and was immediately taken to the nearest emergency room.
"We know parts of his left nostril was blown off and his face and upper left chest area are wounded," said the veteran's father.
Despite being shot and rushed to the ICU, the veteran was still worried about the woman and her baby.
"He was more concerned about how the baby was, and the woman," she explained.
After the skirmish ended one of the suspects was killed however the other got away. Police are still looking for this missing suspect.
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