St. Petersburg, Florida - A Vietnam veteran and his wife were just feet away from a shooting inside Bay Pines VA hospital in St. Petersburg Friday when they say a doctor put his own life in danger to save theirs.
Sam Brooks is retired Navy. He risked his life for our country. The military hero who's a Vietnam vet can't believe an E.R. doctor someone he'd never even met before would risk his life to save him and his wife.
"This guy was more concerned about us than he was about himself," Brooks says.
Brooks and his wife, Margaret, have been married for 47 years. They were inside an exam room while Sam was being seen by the doctor when they heard something that sounded like an argument between two men outside their exam room. That's when Sam says he heard rapid gunfire.
He says what happened next is extraordinary. The doctor asked them to get on the floor so he could shield them from any flying bullets.
"He stretched his arms out and he put his arms around us. So he would have shot in the back and wouldn't have even known it," Brooks says.
The FBI is now investigating as we learn more about what happened inside the ER. Agents are trying to figure out why 68-year-old Vincent Young, who was a veteran, walked into the hospital lobby waving a knife around saying he had a bomb.
VA police confronted Young and say he lunged at them with the knife so they shot him. Doctors and nurses treated him at the same emergency room where it happened.
"After it happened, everybody that was in that hospital worked on this guy like he was the President of the United States," Brooks says.
Young died. No one else was hurt. The bomb turned out to be a fake.
Jason Dangel, a spokesman for Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, says, "As you are aware, the incident that occurred in our ER is an active investigation being led by the FBI. Information related to the incident cannot be released."
Dangel says the hospital cannot confirm that the incident happened or that the emergency room doctor was involved until after the investigation.
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