Good Samaritan shot in Kensington tells his story

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Monday, November 27, 2017
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Good Samaritan shot in Kensington tells his story. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 4:30pm on November 27, 2017.

KENSINGTON (WPVI) -- A good deed nearly turned deadly for a Philadelphia man, and now he is talking about the horrifying incident.

Kevin Neibauer went outside after a car slammed into his property on October 25 in Kensington.

"The street light was knocked over, so of course I'm thinking there's got to be somebody injured," Neibauer said.

It turns out the person who crashed was the same man accused of shooting two people just minutes before a few blocks away.

Police identify him as Joshua Torres-Plaza.

"I look over, and he's taking the tag off the car. That's odd. And then he walked up and says, 'Hey buddy, you call 911?'" Neibauer said he did, and the gunman said 'Thank you."

"And then I just felt the back of my head like a lead pipe, or something heavy metal hit me in the head, and I went down."

His wife Jackie watched it happen.

"He shook my husband's hand and said 'Thank you for calling 911.' And then he pulled out the gun and shot him, and my husband went completely down," she said.

The next thing Neibauer knew he was in the back of the very ambulance he called for after the crash, fighting for his life.

"I kept saying 'I don't want to die, I'm not dying in an ambulance. I don't want to die," he said.

Jackie says she went with the cops to find the shooter and helped police identify him about three blocks away.

"I was like 'That's him, that's him!'" she said.

It's safe to say it's incredible and unbelievable what happened to Neibauer, that he's alive, and that he's managed to recover so well. In fact, he wrote a blog post about the incident, and included photos from his hospital stay.

LINK: Neibauer's blog post (WARNING: Graphic Images)

However, that recovery hasn't been easy, or cheap.

"A week in the hospital. Intensive care, five hours of surgery, 500 stitches," Neibauer said.

As, expected medical bills to fix the massive injuries are piling up, so a GoFundMe page has been set up for him.

LINK: Kevin Neibauer's GoFundMe page


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