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Nursing student ran to aid New Kensington shooting victim

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
Carol Schrock poses for a portrait outside her New Kensington home on Tuesday May 7, 2013. Schrock is a current nursing student who rushed to aid a shooting victim.

A New Kensington nursing student who gave first aid to a shooting victim on Monday smiled when she learned that 18-year-old Jordan Johnson was recuperating on Tuesday afternoon.

Carol Schrock, 26, was among the first to help Johnson as he lay on the sidewalk along Kenneth Avenue at Catalpa Street after a drive-by shooting at about 5 p.m. Monday.

“We were having dinner, and I heard the shots,” said Schrock, who is scheduled to graduate next month from Citizens School of Nursing. “I just ran.”

But instead of running away from danger, she ran toward it, in order to help.

Schrock said she used a shirt handed to her by another person and started to put pressure on a bullet wound in Jordan's right side.

Another neighbor put pressure on a wound in Jordan's right arm, she said.

Police weren't immediately sure whether Johnson had been shot twice or whether the same bullet caused both wounds.

Johnson talked to Schrock and asked questions while she was helping him.

“He talked to me the whole time. He kept asking if he was going to die. I kept assuring him,” Schrock said. “I just wanted him to control his breathing.

“A cop asked the man questions and told me to keep up the pressure. I did until an ambulance crew arrived and said, ‘OK. We've got it from here,' and then I got up,” Shrock said. “The cop said thanks and I left.”

Police collected evidence and are searching for the shooter and any possible accomplices.

Johnson was in a Pittsburgh hospital on Tuesday. His condition was not available. A detective spoke with him on Tuesday.

That delighted Schrock, a lifelong New Kensington resident and 2005 Valley High School graduate.

Schrock said she wants to work in a Pittsburgh hospital.

“Hopefully, I can get in at the emergency department,” she said.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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