Duluth Mayor's Wife Plays "Good Samaritan" Role During Tuesday Shooting

By KBJR News 1

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Among those at the scene of Tuesday night's shooting in Duluth's East Hillside was Duluth Mayor Don Ness's wife, Laura.

Laura Ness says she was just wrapping up shopping at the Whole Foods Co-op, just across the street from the sidewalk where 22-year-old Norwood was standing, when she heard what she described as a loud conversation between Norwood and another person.

Moments after Ness says that's when she heard the single gunshot, even though she didn't believe it immediately.

She says she watched a couple people run away from the scene, and then noticed Norwood lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood.

She immediately rushed to his side, tripping on the way and scraping her hand and knee in the process.

When she reached Norwood, who was shouting that he needed help and couldn't see, she held his hand and tried to dial 9-1-1.

"He said he couldn't see, and so I'm certain that he didn't even see me. [It's] interesting for me because, for me now, he is now a very large part of my life story. I'm really thrilled that he'll be fine," said Ness, smiling.

Ness added she's so happy that the story is now a positive one about his recovery, and not about his death.

As for her role in aiding Norwood, she stressed that she did nothing more than comfort a fellow human being in his time of need, and that she hopes everyone in the Northland would recognize the call to action.

Norwood was pulled into his cousin's car and driven to the hospital.

According to Norwood's family, he has been released from Essentia Health Saint Mary's hospital.

As of now, police say they're still following several leads. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness

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