Pediatrician recalls trying to save D.C. sniper attack victim

A pediatrician who tried to save one of the victims killed in the D.C. sniper shooting spree recalls him staggering towards her begging for help and reveals how she narrowly escaped being shot herself. 

The sniper shooting spree terrorized Washington D.C. and the surrounding regions over a three-week period back in 2002 when two gunmen decided to randomly target innocent civilians. 

The gunmen - Lee Boyd Malvo, then 17, and John Allen Muhammad, then 41 - shot dead a total of 10 people at random as they went about everyday activities. 

The terrifying ordeal 17 years ago, which has come to be known as the D.C. sniper attacks, is now part of an ongoing Supreme Court case that centers on the youngest of the two shooters.

Witness: Caroline Namrow

Victim: Prem Kumar Walekar

Caroline Namrow, a pediatrician who tried to save one of the D.C. sniper attack victims in 2002 - 54-year-old taxi driver Prem Kumar Walekar - can still recall him staggering towards her begging for help

It has also formed the basis of a new iHeartRadio podcast Monster: D.C. Sniper that is set to air on Thursday and includes firsthand accounts of the terror inflicted by the post-9/11 murder spree.

Among those interviewed for the podcast was Caroline Namrow - a Maryland pediatrician who saw 54-year-old taxi driver Prem Kumar Walekar get shot while pumping gas. 

Namrow says she can still vividly recall, even after all this time, the moment she heard the gunshot and saw Walekar staggering towards her begging for help. 

The doctor, who had her two-year-old in the car with her, had just pulled into the gas station when she spotted Walekar next to her pumping gas into his taxi. 

'I thought it was unusual because he was filling his tank from underneath the license plate,' Namrow said.

'I looked at him for a few seconds... and we made eye contact. I reached to get my purse and I heard a bang. Immediately in my head I thought that was a gunshot. 

'At the same time I thought 'no why would that be a gunshot'... it must be some sort of electrical problem with the car and he shouldn't have been filling it from under the license plate.

'I looked up and he was walking towards my car. He looked in the passenger side and said call an ambulance and he collapsed.'  

Gunman: Lee Boyd Malvo

Gunman: John Allen Muhammad

The gunmen - Lee Boyd Malvo, then 17, and John Allen Muhammad, then 41 - shot dead a total of 10 people at random as they went about everyday activities

The sniper shooting spree terrorized Washington D.C. and left 10 people dead over a three-week period back in 2002 when the two gunmen decided to randomly target innocent civilians

The sniper shooting spree terrorized Washington D.C. and left 10 people dead over a three-week period back in 2002 when the two gunmen decided to randomly target innocent civilians

Namrow recalls being in total shock as she phoned 911 and that she started CPR on Walekar

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