Spelman student injured in AUC shooting to meet guardsman who rushed to help

Zion Roebuck, a National Guardsman, rushed to help Elyse Spencer and another victim in the shooting near Atlanta University Center.

ATLANTA — A Spelman College student injured in a shooting and her family are planning to meet a young man who stepped in to help.

Elyse Spencer was one of four people injured in the shooting during a block party near the Atlanta University Center Tuesday night.

Spencer, who was shot in the chest, was just released from the hospital a few days ago.

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Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach spoke with Zion Roebuck, a National Guardsman who rushed to help the student and another victim.


Roebuck told Gehlbach he was at the party visiting his friend when he heard the gunshots ring out. Once he made sure people were out of harm's way, he saw two of the victims.

He helped another student try to stop the bleeding to the other girl's leg before he turned to Spencer.

The guardsman said his combat medical training that every soldier gets just kicked in.

"As I spoke to Elyse to keep her calm, I made sure she stayed alert. She was on the phone with a family member. Asked her to see the phone real quick and spoke to her family. Let them know she'll be okay, she's good," Roebuck said.

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Now that Spencer is out of the hospital, Roebuck said her family reached out to him Friday. They are planning to meet this afternoon.

"I do want to meet her personally. Cause she's a soldier herself," He said. "I want to meet her and thank her for staying calm and collected as she did and keep me on same level. We had to keep each other calm because a lot going on."