Several off-duty nurses drinking in a Minneapolis neighborhood bar sprang into action on Sunday to save the life of a man who stumbled in "leaking blood" after being shot multiple times at a nearby gas station.
More than a half dozen nurses where there when the unidentified 22-year-old showed up with six gunshot wounds. They quickly formed a make-shift triage to remove his blood-soaked pants and then used bar towels and the victim's belt to slow the bleeding until paramedics arrived minutes later.
"He would have bled out and died right in the bar if we didn't help him," Tim Carew, one of the nurses who worked on the man, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune
. "He was leaking blood. He needed to lay down or risk going into shock."
A 40-year-old psychiatric nurse, Carew said there were three separate groups of nurses in the bar when the victim came in yelling that he had been shot.
"The bartender thought he was asking for a shot," Carew said, until a nurse noticed blood on the victim's pants and told him to lie down.
The man had two bullets lodged in his abdomen and two in each leg, one of which hit his femoral artery. If not treated, the arterial wound would have caused the man to quickly bleed out. After his belt was used as a tourniquet around his leg, several of the nurses kept speaking to him to keep him conscious.
The man "kept saying, 'I love you guys,'" according to Carew.
Police were investigating the gas station shooting, saying they thought it involved two shooters. No arrests were made.
The man was recovering at a local hospital and is expected to survive.
As a show of gratitude, the bar picked up the tab of all the nurses involved in the impromptu rescue.
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