Duluth mayor's wife rushes to aid gunshot victim


The wife of Duluth Mayor Don Ness rushed to help a gunshot victim as he lay bleeding Tuesday night from a head wound, the News Tribune reports.

Laura Ness had just left a grocery store and was headed for her truck when she heard a loud conversation and then a loud pop.

Ness said instinct pulled her across the parking lot and the street to aid Deandre Norwood, 22. As she hurried to him, she fell and scraped her knee and hand, but she was the first to reach him.

“I saw he was bleeding. He kept saying, ‘I can’t see.’ I wanted to help him,” she told the News Tribune.

As Ness was placing a call to 911 on her phone, a car arrived and men hurriedly put Norwood in the car, she said. He arrived a short time later at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, and he was stable condition Wednesday.

Police are still investigating the shooting. The victim's sister, Andriana Norwood, said two men held up her brother to get his liquor, WDIO reported. She said a single bullet grazed his head. She told Northland's Newscenter that an ambulance had been called after the shooting, but her cousin drove Norwood to the hospital in his car, fearing he might die before paramedics arrived.

Ness said she and her husband talked over the incident and she said she was more wistful than angry that the gun crime had happened in the city they care so much for, the News Tribune reported.

“Here I was involved in someone’s huge drama and then there’s our own quiet life," she told the News Tribune. "We talked about opportunities and choices people are left with. I just have empathy for everyone involved.”

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