Tiffany Eguiarte thought there had been a wreck Friday, May 4, on Ga. 365 until she saw a Demorest man trying to stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound.
She and husband Carlos Eguiarte were driving back to their Alto home on the North Hall highway after grocery shopping in Gainesville. Two people had been shot by a gunman in the woods along the highway.
“We had been driving down the road and we were close to those vehicles. Our kids started fighting in the car, so we pulled off,” Tiffany Eguiarte said.
Joe Welborn was riding with his wife when his leg was hit by a bullet. He used his fingers to plug the wounds.
“I immediately took off my shirt and wrapped it around his leg and asked if they had a belt or anything I could use as a tourniquet,” Tiffany Eguiarte said.
She and Joe Welborn’s wife Sally tried to use Joe Welborn’s belt to make a tourniquet. Eguiarte called on her husband to help get it tightened.
Multiple vehicles took gunfire on the highway between Tribble Gap and Mud Creek Roads. The suspect later shot himself after a short police chase and died.
Sally Welborn previously told The Times she hugged Tiffany Eguiarte as the EMTs arrived to transport her husband.
On Tuesday, May 8, Joe Welborn said he was feeling some numbness, but medical officials said the bullet did not strike a bone nor an artery.
Tiffany Eguiarte credited her first aid knowledge to her high school junior ROTC classes.
“As soon as we passed by, we realized — after everything was over and done with — that if we wouldn’t have stopped and pulled over, we would have been one of the vehicles that were shot that day,” she said.