WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- When Ernest Longhi heard shots outside his home on McClelland Street in Wilmington, his EMT instincts took over.
Drayshawn Dowd, 20, had been struck by bullets next door and was losing blood fast. Longhi is a trained EMT and wanted to help.
"It was a very hectic situation, not one you want to be in," said Longhi. "I did what I could to help out."
Longhi said he tried to treat Dowd's wounds and keep him alive until an ambulance arrived.
"It's one of those situations where the ambulance took six minutes to get here, but it felt like an eternity," explained Longhi.
"He had a lot of things going on, symptoms and signs that just didn't look good for him," he said.
Unfortunately, the Good Samaritan's diagnosis was correct. Wilmington Police said Dowd later died because of his wounds.
"I apologize and give my condolences to him and his family," said Longhi.
Longhi's girlfriend, Chelsea Reynaud, said she was terrified during the incident.
"I called my mom as soon as it happened, and I was crying," said Reynaud.
This isn't the first time the neighborhood has been exposed to gun violence. Lisa Hackett lives two houses down from the scene of Dowd's killing. She said she will leave the neighborhood once her current lease is up.
"I prayed for his mom, dad, siblings, cousins, you know and that there will be no vengeance taken because it's going to be hard to forgive something like this," said Hackett.