Heroic Nursing Student Ran Toward Gunfire To Help Shooting Victims


By Amanda Woods

A nursing student ran toward danger as soon as she learned that someone had been shot on a Toronto street — but moments later, she was wounded by the maniac gunman, according to a new report.

Danielle Kane, 31, was eating at the popular 7Numbers Italian restaurant Sunday when a woman alerted her and her boyfriend, emergency room nurse Jerry Pinksen, that someone had been shot nearby, it was reported.

The couple ran toward the exit, unaware that shooter Faisal Hussain, 29, was near the side door of the restaurant.

Pinksen heard a clicking noise before he saw Hussain raise his arms, Kane’s family told the outlet.

He hid behind a patio table, thinking he had the all-clear — until he realized his girlfriend was one of the victims, the relatives said.

One of Hussain’s bullets ended up shattering a vertebra in Kane’s back, piercing her stomach and diaphragm, according to the report.

Pinksen and some other restaurant patrons rushed to bring Kane inside and administer first aid.

“I can’t feel my legs, I can’t feel my legs,” Kane repeated on her ride to the hospital, her family told the station.

Kane is expected to survive but may never walk again, her cousin and family spokesperson Byron Abalos told the outlet. She remains under heavy sedation in the intensive care unit at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

“It’s still unbelievable,” Abalos said, after visiting his cousin in the hospital. “She’s hooked up to dozens of machines, her body is a bit pale and it’s puffy from all the fluid … You see her there and you’re like, ‘You were shot.'”

Family members said they weren’t surprised that Kane was only trying to be a good Samaritan.

“That’s who Dani is,” her family said in a statement issued. “She always stands up for those who need help.”

Abalos also commended Pinksen’s actions.

“Jerry is incredible, the amount of strength he’s shown and composure, and talking about the future and how he’s in it for the long haul,” he said. “He does not want this to be about him and his actions and there’s complicated feelings about this decision to go out and her following him.”

“But to me they were both doing something to help someone else.”

Fifteen people were shot — two of them fatally — when Hussain opened fire.

Hussain died shortly after the shooting from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to a police source.


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