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JSU student called hero in wake of shooting

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By David Kenney - bio | email

A researcher at Jackson State University is recovering after the robbery and shooting on the campus Monday.

The first person to help her to safety is now being called a hero.   

Third year student LeMarc Humphrey was in a building a few feet from the science building, when he heard the shots ring out Monday around 6:30 p.m.

"I peeked around the corner and saw the victim just staggering and about to fall so I immediately ran after her," said Humphrey.

36-year-old Andrea Scott was shot twice during the robbery.

Scott, a native of Slovakia, is in Jackson completing post graduate work in the JSU chemistry lab.    Despite being shot twice in the back of the head, she is listed in fair condition at a local hospital.

Scott told investigators she was approached by a man demanding money as she walked to her car. After she gave the man five dollars, he then demanded her purse. When she refused, he began beating her in the head with a gun.

The man then fired two shots striking her in the back of the head. One bullet is still lodged in her neck and has to be surgically removed.

Within seconds Humphrey was by her side. LeMarc said, "I picked her up, got her out the rain, she was telling me she needed to got to the hospital, to call her husband."

Humphrey called 9-1-1- and Scott's husband, getting her the medical attention she needed. LeMarc is being called a hero and a possible candidate for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I couldn't imagine her being out here and I wasn't here and she would have just been lying there, " says LeMarc.

Bill Scott, Andrea Scott's husband thanked LeMarc for his bravery in a letter.

Scott said, 'Andrea and I owe her life to LeMarc Humphrey. If it hadn't been for his selfless bravery, she would have died. She would have lost her life, alone and helpless, dying in agony in the cold, February rain on a JSU lawn.'

Jackson State campus police say there is no new information on the investigation into the shooting.


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