Ronald W. Hunter, Sr., helped to rescue Tammy H. Anderson from assault, Gastonia, North Carolina, December 9, 1991. Ms. Anderson, 33, was about to leave the driveway of her home with her daughter, 12, and another girl, 7,when they were shot at by a neighbor who had heavily armed and barricaded himself in his house across the street. Another neighbor, Hunter, 35,maintenance worker, heard the shots and, initially thinking that a car had backfired, left his house, which also was across the street, and responded to Ms. Anderson’s driveway to be of assistance. As the shooting continued, Hunter realized that Ms. Anderson and the girls were being fired upon. Hunter was shot in the back. Shouting “Get down!,” he approached the Anderson house, into which Ms. Anderson and the other girl escaped. Ms. Anderson’s daughter was fatally wounded. Hunter collapsed to the ground, where he lay until the sniper surrendered to police more than four hours later. Hunter was hospitalized for treatment of multiple and severe gunshot wounds, which required surgery.
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