SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — One man may be credited for helping to save the life of an 18-year-old woman who was shot over the weekend at a college party.
Stephen Taylor, a Texas State University student, says he didn’t know the victim but he was determined to make sure she survived.
“Even though I don’t know her, I really want her to be okay,” explained Taylor. “I didn’t get any sleep for the past two days because all I’ve been thinking about is this because I’ve never seen somebody in that position before.”
Taylor says when he arrived at the party at Quail Creek Country Club at 2701 Airport Highway 21 on Saturday night, there were not that many people in attendance. “In an hour, the room was overfilled. It was overflowing into the hallway… into the outside area.”
Around 1 a.m., Taylor says there was a large commotion and people began to panic. “A lot of people were running out of a small door and everybody just started running out.” That’s when gunshots rang out.
Taylor said everyone rushed outside, as gunshots continued. He said he and his friends ran to the car.
“As we were running to the car, we see the girl. She’s screaming and panicking,” he said. “We rushed to her and I grabbed her and I’m like, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?'”
As blood soaked through her shirt, he immediately sprung into action by propping the victim up, transferring her into a vehicle at one point to shield her any other shots and calling 911.
Taylor said he knew he should apply pressure to her wound in an effort to stop the bleeding.
“I was trying to stop the bleeding with my hand, but I couldn’t, so I took off my shirt and I rolled my shirt up and I put it on her wound on her chest. She’s like telling me, ‘please don’t let me die,'” remembers Taylor. “At the same time, I’m on the phone with the paramedics and they’re telling me what to do.”
While waiting for emergency crews, Taylor says the girl told him she was a freshman at Texas State.
“She’s like telling me, ‘please don’t let me die'”
Once EMS arrived a short time later, the victim was taken to an Austin-area hospital where she is currently in stable condition.
“When the deputies got there, it was mass pandemonium. People heard gunshots. Cars were leaving at a high rate of speed,” says Hays County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dennis Gutierrez.
He continued, “When something like this gets out of control, it’s always the innocent bystander that ends up getting hurt.”
Lt. Gutierrez said at this point, there are conflicting reports about the number of people involved in the fight that sparked the shooting. He says this was an isolated event and that the public is not in danger.
The suspect is identified as a thin-built man, who was wearing a green jacket and beanie hat. The suspect was last seen leaving the scene in a white colored sedan with aftermarket tires and rims.
If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Hays Co. Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division at 512-393-7896 or Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477). If you call Crime Stoppers, your tip can remain anonymous.
A spokesperson for Texas State University says they don’t believe any “university-affiliated fraternity was involved with this event.”