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BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man says he couldn't just sit back and watch a shooting victim die, so he took action.

Elton Holland was sitting inside his home rocking a baby to sleep when he heard a gunshot and his teen daughter scream.

"She says there's a guy that's just been shot and I say where is he? She says he's outside on the sidewalk," said Holland.

It happened at the Shires of Sherwood apartments on Old Hammond Highway Friday night. Witnesses say the victim was trying to break up a fight between two women when another man walked outside and fired a gun.

"When I looked out and saw this guy laying on the sidewalk with nobody around I just had to help him. I couldn't just watch him bleed out and die right there. He was shot in the upper thigh. Blood was just oozing out of his leg, and I looked down and told him to relax, found out what his name was and if there was anybody to call. I just knelt down on the ground and kept applying pressure on his leg." said Holland.

Holland applied pressure on the gunshot wound until police arrived on scene, but he says he's no hero.

"No... I just did what I thought was right, and I know a lot of people say don't get involved. If we don't get involved how else are we going to stop all of this?" he said.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police arrested 35-year-old Eric Collins after the shooting and charged him with three counts of second-degree battery, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.



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