John Kennedy rescued a man from assault, Boston, Massachusetts, November 10, 1999. When a male juvenile shot a man in the upper chest with a handgun on a downtown sidewalk, the two struggled for control of the gun. At work in his office on the second floor of a building across the street, Kennedy, 44, physical therapist, heard the gunshot, looked out a window, and saw the struggle. Assuming that the assailant and the victim were struggling for control of a gun, Kennedy ran downstairs and quickly approached the scene. Crouching, he placed himself between the victim and the assailant and also grasped the gun, then fell to the sidewalk as he joined in the struggle for control of it. Taking the gun, the assailant broke free and fled, but others apprehended him and held him for police as Kennedy aided the victim, who required hospital treatment for his wound.
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