HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police are looking for the person who shot two teenagers early Monday morning. One of the teenagers died. WHNT News 19 talked to a woman who tried her best to save the 16-year-old.
The woman who wants to be known only as Gail was awake inside her home 2:00 Monday morning. She has insomnia. But, it’s possible, gunshots would have awakened her anyway.
“It was just really quick, like someone was emptying a gun. It was pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Gail.
Gail also heard a boom. The sound came from a car crashing into others. But, those five pops made her think.
“I grabbed the phone and called 911 because if you hear gunshots, you know someone is going to need help,” added Gail.
Gail’s husband soon woke up to check on things. Huntsville Police also wanted to see what was happening. Investigators found a car on top of another car on Belvoir Drive near Bluecrest Street. Two people inside the car were shot. One of them, 16-year-old Robert Dante Hewlett, lay in the driveway.
“I put my head on him. He was still warm to the touch, but there was no heartbeat. I could see blood on him,” added Gail.
Gail, who happens to be a nurse, did CPR.
“I think he probably went instantly because there wasn’t a lot of blood. You know, it seemed like whatever happened was pretty instantaneous.”
Gail, a mother herself, could not save the boy’s life.
“It was heartbreaking. All I could think of was this boy’s mom. This poor boy’s mom. I just wanted to save him so bad,” added Gail.
But, she could only offer support to Robert’s mom in her own way.
“At least she knows someone was there caring for him, you know. She can take some comfort knowing someone cared, tried to help and he wasn’t alone,” added Gail.
Huntsville Police chased one person in the area, but lost him. Investigators took someone into custody who they say broke into a nearby apartment and matched the description of the person they were chasing.
Police have not released any information about the other shooting victim.