Off-duty Tenn. fire captain, lifeguard daughter rush to aid shooting victim

Chattanooga Fire Department Capt. Brad Petty applied pressure to the gunshot wound as his daughter spoke with dispatchers

By Laura French

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An off-duty Tennessee fire captain and his daughter, a lifeguard, rushed to the aid of a shooting victim Saturday. 

Chattanooga Fire Department Capt. Brad Petty was driving home with his family after his son's wrestling tournament when he witnessed a car swerve off the road, according to a fire department statement. A man exited the car and began waving for help, and Petty pulled over and found a young woman with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Petty opened the victim's airway and used one of her family member's shirts to put pressure on the wound. Meanwhile, Petty's daughter, a Chattanooga lifeguard, relayed important information to dispatchers and helped comfort the victim's family. A Life Flight helicopter soon arrived to airlift the victim to the hospital.

"When I saw the panic in that man's face, I knew I needed to stop and do what I could. I am really proud of how calm my daughter remained and I'm just glad we were in the right place at the right time. I ask for prayers for the victim and her family," Petty said in a statement. 

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that two suspects, Keyonn Warfield, 20, and Rizighallah Ivan Khemis, 19, were arrested and charged in the shooting. Authorities believe the incident, initially reported as a road rage incident, was a targeted shooting. The victim was in critical but stable condition as of Monday afternoon, according to Rutherford County Detective Joseph Duncan. 


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