Hero teen meets paramedic injured in Essen shooting
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Randall Cornateanu was on his way home from a stressful day of work at our lady of the lake.
Seventeen-year-old Daniel Wesley was headed home from the Mall of Louisiana. He'd been shopping for a present for his girlfriend.
Within minutes, their world's collided, and their actions leading many to call them heroes.
Daniel Wesley saw thirty-year-old April Peck laying on the ground just seconds after she was shot by live-in boyfriend Terrell Walker.
Wesley, The EMT in training, jumped out of his car to help, but the gunman returned minutes later, shooting Wesley twice and running over his leg.
Seconds after that, Cornateanu heard shots while driving down Essen and stopped to help.
"I see the kid on the floor." Said Cornateanu, remembering the scene. "My first instinct at that point was 'I need to help'. I didn't even think of any potential danger."
With only a stethoscope, Dr. Cornateanu treated Daniel Wesley until an ems crew arrived and could take him and April Peck, 30, to Our Lady of the Lake.
Cornateanu said helping the injured victims was his only focus during the wait for help.
"I was more fearful for the people on the floor, I didn't even think about the potential harm to myself, I had a million thoughts going through my head." Said Cornateanu.
With Wesley recovering at Our Lady of the Lake, and Dr. Cornateanu fulfilling his residency there, the pair have formed a friendship.
"He came and visited me Monday night, and I said 'hey I remember you'. I don't know why I specifically remembered him." Said Wesley.
It could be both of their passion for helping people that connected these two, or how both of their families work in the medical field, or the fact that they survived that violent night together. Whatever it may be, the two kindred spirits plan on staying in touch.
"It's funny because the first rule in first aid is 'make sure your situation is safe before you go in and help'. And Daniel and I both failed that first rule. He had this innate drive to go help, and I felt the need to go help as well." Said Cornateanu.