WISE COUNTY — Tammie Shemberger has heard the old line about being stranded and needing money for gas, but nothing like this.
“A lady came in the store saying that she needed some gas money, that there was a child in her car that had a gunshot,” says the cook at Azco Short Stop convenience store. “And then I said ‘Gun? Shot? Kid??’ I said ‘No, no, no, no.’ I grabbed the phone dialed 911 and ran out to the lady`s truck.”
13-year old Carl Davis was accidentally shot by his 12-year-old friend as they took a .22 rifle out of a gun case. They had seen a snake outside a home in Wise County and were planning to shoot it. Instead, Carl took a bullet in the stomach.
On the way to the hospital, his mother had to stop for gas. Which turned out to be a stroke of luck.
“The 911 operator told me what to do. I grabbed two white towels and pressed on his front and his back because it went through his stomach,” says Shemberger. “The mother was all really upset but I told her ‘Don`t let your son see you this upset because it will make him more upset.’”
Paramedics arrived and Carl was airlifted to Cook Children`s Medical Center in Fort Worth where, after surgery, he’s now in stable condition.
“All the customers keep coming in and saying I`m a hero and Hollywood and stuff like that,” says Shemberger. “I`m just a mother. I just do what a mother should do.”