Man saves shooting victim's life while walking into work

DEARBORN (WXYZ) - When Charlie Walker parked his car to go to work he did not know how dire of a situation he was walking into.

The engineer at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn heard a man call out to him around midnight Thursday as he was walking across the street to enter the building for his shift.

A man in a car asked him a question.

"That was probably the most important question anybody ever asked me… can you help me," said Charlie.

He could tell something was wrong with the man.

"I noticed he had a seat almost all the way reclined," said Charlie. "I turned around and go, sure. What do you need?' I start walking toward him and he goes, ‘I've been shot.  I think I'm dying.'  I walked up,  looked in the car, and there was blood everywhere and he says, ‘I think I'm dying can you help me?' and I said, ‘Yeah, I can help you'."

Charlie immediately put the man's car in park and shut off the engine.

He repeated again he thought he was dying again," said Charlie. "I go, ‘No, you're not going to die. Okay?' and I said a little prayer for him and he passed out for a minute and then came back around. When he did I asked him do you know who did this to you.  He said, ‘No I don't'."

The injured man told said Charlie had been robbed outside of his home near Wayne State University.

"He was actually like five minutes from DMC yet he was able to drive himself to Oakwood.  With his seat the way it was, I don't know how he made it,," said Charlie.

Charlie kept assuring the victim he would be okay and called hospital security.

He told 7 Action News emergency room crews and security officers were there in 90 seconds.

"I was staying with him for that… and I didn't know who was lurking around that parking lot either. You know, when someone asks for your help and they can't help themselves… it's just natural, you just stay there and help," said Charlie.

This all comes full circle for the engineer.

He had a health scare of his own years ago.  He was on the verge of a massive heart attack and was told he was going to die at one point.

Charlie was able to get surgery and he recovered, but it changed his life.

"Ever since then,  I have always wanted to give back for the nice life I've had and with this happening, I finally get a chance to give some of it back," said Charlie. "So it feels great."

Charlie never got a chance to talk the man after he was taken into surgery.

He told 7 Action News he would like to give him a big hug. 

In the meantime, he hopes this story inspires others to help others in need.

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