You've Got To See This! Hero Stops Driver From Plowing Into Crowd Of Protestors
Thanks to his bravery, hundreds of lives were saved. Now the community is stepping up to make sure he's taken care of.
You may have heard about the man who drove into a crowd of protestors gathered at a busy intersection in downtown Seattle, WA on Sunday. The man, identified as 31-year-old Nikolas Alexander Fernandez, was later charged with felony assault in the first degree.
The story you may not have heard is the one about 27-year-old Daniel Gregory, the man who bravely stopped Fernandez and took a bullet in the arm, potentially saving hundreds of lives in the process.
Gregory just happened to be standing nearby when Fernandez started to accelerate his black sedan in the direction of the massive crowd. Video footage shows the moment when Gregory rushed to the driver's side of the vehicle and struck Fernandez in the face to get him to stop driving.
After stopping the man from driving the car, Gregory took a bullet in the arm. He was speedily helped by nearby medics. @lindseywasson
Seconds later, Gregory said he heard the sound of a gunshot.
"I see a car run down Pine. I catch him and I punch him in the face. I hear the gunshot go off in my arm and I move right in time when he reaches for something," Gregory recalled in a video taken by a bystander at the scene.
The crowd rushed to Gregory's aid once they realized he had been shot and medics quickly arrived to help guide him to safety.
"My whole thing was to protect those people," Gregory said, gesturing to the crowd of protestors that were gathered mere feet from where he stopped the car. "My whole thing was to protect those people down there."
After Gregory was shot, he was escorted to safety by medics and other protestors. @AGarlandPhoto
Once the car was stopped, Fernandez jumped out, still brandishing his gun, and made his way over to a nearby police barricade where he was taken into custody.
Gregory's brother Dino later shared some photos on Instagram of his brother recovering at Harborview Medical Center. Gregory suffered a broken arm as a result of the gunshot wound and needed surgery.
Along with being hailed as a hero by the community, organizers set up a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of Gregory's medical expenses. As of today the fundraiser has collected over $230,000.
A message on the GoFundMe page reads: "Selfless acts of bravery are rare, and, unfortunately in this country, those who take such selfless risks are too often penalized with outrageous bills for medical treatment."
While the amount is more than enough to cover Gregory's medical bills in full, Dino says that any extra funds will go to helping Gregory continue on his long road to recovery.
Gregory's brother Dino (left) helped to set up a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of his brother's medical expenses. GoFundMe