Man Who Helped Save Sac City College Shooting Victim Speaks Out

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SACRAMENTO --

Three days after a shooting at Sacramento City College took the life of a student, one of five students who helped save the life of a second victim is telling his story.

Robert Hammon told FOX40 he was outside smoking near the softball complex on campus when he heard gun fire.

"I mean, there was no mistaking it, it was rapid succession gun shots," Hammon said.

While most would flee those sounds, Hammon and a classmate ran toward them.

"We immediately started clearing people out of the area and started to see if someone needed help ... That was just the instinct that I had," Hammon told FOX40.

With another student helping him, he found one of the victims who was hit by the gun fire, a 19-year-old young man Hammon said had come to campus that day to enroll in class.

"We counted four gunshot wounds, two to the chest, one to the lower right abdomen, and one to the left side," Hammon said.

Along with four other students, Hammon brought him over to a nearby bench, laying him down to start rendering aide. As a former sailor in the navy 20 years ago, Hammon said he knew they had to stop the bleeding.

"I took care of the chest wound, holding pressure on to it... We just bandaged the wounds as best we could using, I used my shirt," Hammon told FOX40.

Those five students were all alone with the victim for about 20 minutes, according to Hammon, as police officers searched for the shooter.

"In those situations they have to clear the scene and make sure there's not an active shooter on premise. They can't just let the paramedics in there and become casualties of the situation," Hammon said.

Finally an ambulance arrived, taking the victim to the hospital. Later emergency crews told Hammon and the others they had saved the young man's life.

"We got word the next day that it seemed like he was going to be OK," Hammon said.

Hammon doesn't believe it was a coincidence he and his classmate who was there at the time had both served in the military and knew how to treat gunshot wounds.

"God probably had a hand in that," Hammon told FOX40.

Meanwhile a Sacramento Police Department spokesperson told FOX40 Sunday no arrests have been made in this case, but detectives have a person of interest they are searching for.

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