Staff Sgt. Royal, Homeless Veteran, Saves Shooting Victim's Life

A homeless veteran called upon his military experience to save another man's life.

One man shot another man in Seattle after an argument between the two escalated Monday at 3 a.m., according to the Seattle Times.

The bullet struck his femoral artery causing him to lose a large amount of blood, King 5 News reports.

The wounded man ran down the street before collapsing. A few blocks away, a homeless veteran known as Staff Sgt. Royal came to his aid.

Royal used a belt as a tourniquet on the man’s leg, according to King 5 News.

“I’m just glad I was there to stop the bleeding...I think [the tourniquet] probably saved his life,” Royal told the news station.

Royal, who served in the army for 10 years and fought in the first Gulf War, attributed his knowledge in how to respond to his medical training at Ft. Carson, according to King 5 News

This type of wound can cause extreme blood loss -- meaning a person could "lose all the blood in your whole body within five minutes," Dr. Mary Pat McKay, director of George Washington University's Center for Injury Prevention and Control, told the Associated Press in a past article.

The victim, who is also homeless and a long-time friend of Royal’s, was transported to a hospital where his condition has been stabilized, King 5 News reports.

Ben Borgman, a coffee shop owner whose cafe was struck by a stray bullet, said it has been the seventh shooting in the area in the past three years, according to the Seattle Times.

“I knew it was a bar neighborhood, but not every bar neighborhood in the city is so violent,” he told the news outlet.

The shooter has not been found, and there isn’t enough detail yet to release a description, according to King 5 News.

In the meantime, Royal says he is focused on the recovery efforts of his friend.

"Hopefully, he'll be okay. I'm just gonna pray for him,” Royal told the news outlet of his friend.

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