A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Murder on the Highway

It was a story that reminded me of why I carry a gun. Even now, nobody knows why Nick Salinas took the lives of the highway travelers who stopped to assist him.

At 2:05AM Sunday morning, Nick Salinas wrecked his automobile on Interstate 35E near downtown Dallas. At approximately 2:13, Robert Langston stopped his vehicle and approached Salinas to help. Salinas shot him in the head at close range. Moments earlier, a man named Bob Hope had tried to assist Salinas, but after Salinas stuck a shotgun in his face, Hope escaped. Mr. Hope was calling 911 on his cellphone as the shootings began.

Next, about 2:15AM, Barry Smith stopped just South of Langston's vehicle, and unknowingly walked towards the killer. Salinas shot him at about 40 feet.

About that same time, a vehicle carrying four men, including Jesus Reyes Terrazas, passed the scene. The men thought they saw an accident and returned to help. At 2:18AM, Salinas fired two shots at the four men as they approached. One blast struck Terrazas in the head, killing him. One of the men with Terrazas had a concealed handgun license, as well as his firearm. He drew his gun and returned fire. It is unclear whether his return fire found it's mark.

The first police officers arrived on the scene at 2:20AM. Cpl. Jerry Poston and his partner knew they had an accident and a potential shooting when they rolled up. Poston approached a wounded Barry Smith to render aid, but before he could reach Smith, Salinas shot him twice. Cpl. Poston struggled to breathe, his neck, face scalp and knee perforated by shotgun pellets.

Four victims lay bleeding in the sultry Texas night near his wrecked blue Nissan when Salinas turned his gun on himself and took his own life. Robert Langston was pronounced dead at the scene. Jesus Terrazas died shortly after his arrival at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. David Smith and Jerry Poston ultimately survived the killer's onslaught.

Why did Salinas kill? I'll leave that to the psychoanalysts. My friend, Phlegmfatale, was hoping I would analyze this insane orgy of murder, and perhaps offer a few pointers on how to avoid a similar fate. Those who survived lived by chance, because they were not targeted by the killer. They were able to escape into the darkness. It is tragic that Mr. Hope was unable to warn the men who arrived shortly after him. Alas, I am reminded of Craig, and the only advice I can offer is drive on by and report the accident on your cell phone.

I know that I could never do that myself. I always stop at accidents. Always. Even when my daughter is along for the ride, I stop. I feel it is my duty as a nurse. I do carry a gun. When responding to an unknown emergency, I am most vulnerable.

This is a situation that merits contemplation and planning. One thing is certain though. The only way one can remove the threat to oneself is to drive on by and alert authorities of the accident. Still, someone must be the first on the scene. If I can prevent a death, that someone should be me. I will not give up the way I choose to live my life because of the nameless bitch that killed Craig, or murderous wastes of oxygen like Salinas.

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25 Comments:

Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Great post, and thanks. I think one of the great things about Texas is that people are so willing to help, and I hate to think of people having to be afraid to offer aid.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to stop at accidents.

I even saved guy's life once--26 years ago.

I don't nowadays.

A similar thing happened here in the L.A. County area a couple months ago on a freeway I travel regularly.

I just don't stop anymore.

That's one way to try to avoid getting shot for no reason.

~ASMS

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell has this world come too. Can't even help out an accident victim. Sad, real sad.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Xav,
In South Africa, faked road accidents were used as bait by robbers, as were children pretending to be lost or hurt. The scum who were doing it wouldn't blink at killing you to steal your shoes or a crappy car radio (the radio stealing was one of the 5 murders one week near Vryheid in KZN when I was there last year). I would stop for virtually anyone in Ireland, in SA I stop a couple hundred metres back and assess whether I need to turn around and leave.

I didn't get all the links from the FBI paper yesterday, and see that you've pulled it, could you mail them to: opmole@eircom.net

Thanks
Keith

11:26 AM  
Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

I just read your story, and the one about Craig, too. That one was awful (the incident I mean, not the story), and it took courage to write it as education for the masses. I admire your honor, sir.

I also agree with LaPhlegm, in that it'd be a sad day in Texas when folks no longer stop to render aid.

Stories like this one, unfortunately, make it too easy (at least, admittedly, for me) to wallow in the idea that the world is darker and more dangerous than most of us think and that there's little that can be done to prevent it.

Thanks anyway, though. Maybe it'll just serve to make us, as The AnarchAngel put it, Paranoid Enough.



tweaker

12:54 PM  
Blogger Who is..... Carteach0? said...

I too stop at accidents, and I guess I always will.

I wont stop, under certain circumstances. If it appears to be a minor accident, unlikely to have injuries, and people are already standing around with multiple cell phones out. Not likely I can add anything but congestion in that case.

I also won't stop if my hackles go up and my crap meter goes off... as has happened a few times. In those cases I utilize defense weapon #2 and hit my one button speed dial... 911, while I pull over out of range, windows up, doors locked, in gear.

I have lost articles of clothing and spare towels/blankets because they were now soaked with someone else's blood and I figured just let
go with them in the ambulance. Stopping for accidents can be a real test sometimes.

Yes, I carry, and yes I try to keep my SA cranked up most all the time.

I like to think if had walked up on that scene and situation it might
have turned out different.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I googled "Jesus Reyes Terrazas"
he was a guy I grew up with...



He inspired me to be the nicest guy possible.
And for that he changed my life..


I don't know what to think..


I'm crushed.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is so upsetting..ROBERT LANGSTON was my friend and he was so kind...he'd do anything in his power to help anyone..even if he didnt know them..and its so wrong that people have it in them to do things like this..and i hate that it turned out like this..R-I-P ROBERT..

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP N.A.S WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all that believe Nick Salinas is a awful person, you do not know him and all that has happened in his life. What he did was unthinkable and I still can't believe it. I'm honored to be his sister and I am grateful for the twenty years he was with us. There is so much more to this story. All I know is its easy to judge when you are standing on the outside looking in. We all comment on things that anger us because hearing something like this would piss me off, but then again I never would've thought someone close to me could do something like that. Maybe that's something we all should consider. Luv and miss you lil brother.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always told Jesus to be careful when he decided to help anyone. And now I am absolutely heart broken that he is gone, because we never imagined our lives without one another. I miss him terribly, and it's sad that he is gone, even though I know he is in a better place. There is nothing to justify what that guy did. Sure things are always different looking in from the outside, but if you have any idea what so ever that a family member has issues(i.e. depression), then they need to get them help and be there for them so that they do not go off and pull crazy stunts as this one that took innocent lives! I'm not trying to judge here, but one can't say he wasn't depressed or had something going on in his life that his family perhaps ignored or did not want to accept. Obviously when one goes off and commits such a crime against innocent people and also themselves, them I'm sorry but there are problems going on with the person.

R.I.P. Jesus

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Chuy.
U are still in our hearts.
And to the killer's sister, Your as sick as your Coward brother. He took innocent lives that day. He could have took his own useless life without taking others with him. He is burning in hell now like he deserves!!! Nick Salinas, what a waste!!!

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its almost been one year. went to visit roberts mom. she is better but she has her moments, which we keep reminding her, she should understandably have. i mean, hes her son. robert was the kindest person i have ever met. it happened right after celebrating a friends birthday..roberts bday was about a week away. but if robert had to choose between him taking the bullet or one of our friends, which was seconds from happening, he would still take it. to protect his girls...i miss him so much. still so many questions left unanswered. i read that comment the killers sister left, no matter what kind of life one has had, it is no reason to do what he did. but what is done has been done. robert loved our friends baby girl. she is two now and does not fully understand death..and she still sees robert. she says he is happy and wears white. rip bobert!

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello My name is Barry Smith the one who was shot that saturday night. It was very sad for the people who lost their lives that night and my heart goes out to their families. My family and I want to thank everyone for their support. If you have any questions about anything that night I will be gladly to talk about it.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello evryone my name is Barry Smith the second one to be shot that tragic night. I would like to send my support to the victims of the accident if they need it. I would be glad to talk with them if they would like. I appreciate all of the support from everyone. I will never stop to help anyone again unfortunately. I still have injuries that are still with me today.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Barry Smith said...

Hello evryone my name is Barry Smith the second one to be shot that tragic night. I would like to send my support to the victims of the accident if they need it. I would be glad to talk with them if they would like. I appreciate all of the support from everyone. I will never stop to help anyone again unfortunately. I still have injuries that are still with me today.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous The Hopeful said...

But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Matthew 5:44,45)

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This message is for Barry White. I want to say thank your for stopping that day to help my friend Robert. I would love to contact you and hear how you are doing. PLease let me know how I can contact you. Robert was one of my best friends. I was out with him that night, when the night took a deadly turn I hope you are healing and I hope to hear from you.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

I am not sure if the other post went through. Barry, I just wanted to say thank you for stopping to help. I hope you are healing from all this!!!!! Rob was like a brother to me. Despite all the darkness, we must keep the beautiful spirit of Rob and Jesus alive. I have started a scholarship in Roberts name. If anyone is interested in more information, please contact me.

Melindarios96@gmail.com

Thanks to the friends and family of Jesus. He is a hero also.

10:50 AM  
Blogger cruiz85 said...

Everybody that reads this - REAL DEAl !!
My name is Cesar. I was 1 of the 4 men that stopped to render aid. I was 21 at the time. Jesus terrazas was my best friend. I stood next to the car, I was rite behind Jesus when he got shot. The craziest thing was the way my friend laid on the floor for several minutes,ignored. When they finally got to him, they turned him over and handcuffed him!
( he was facing up) they still left him there. The whole thing was a nightmare! Jesus and I where the ones telling our other 2 friends " stop! Stop! Wouldn't you want somebody to help you ?" it was like destiny, everything was timed and seemed like such a coincidence. The whole time after we got arrested ( we all got handcuffed ) I sat in the back seat of a cop car watching him lay there. The only thing I felt was his mom calling my phone, he didn't have a cell phone at the time. His mom didn't know she just wanted to know where he was.....after seeing all those calls I wish I could just sit in that cop car forever! ...... Guys theres more to this story, weird details and coincidences. Unfortunately the outcome will always be the same. I read this story so many times and others. Now you know a little more from somebody that was there and lives it.

11:55 AM  
Blogger cruiz85 said...

Everybody that reads this - REAL DEAl !!!!!!
My name is Cesar. I was 1 of the 4 men that stopped to render aid. I was 21 at the time. Jesus terrazas was my best friend. I stood next to the car, I was rite behind Jesus when he got shot. The craziest thing was the way my friend laid on the floor for several minutes,ignored. When they finally got to him, they turned him over and handcuffed him!
( he was facing up) they still left him there. The whole thing was a nightmare! Jesus and I where the ones telling our other 2 friends " stop! Stop! Wouldn't you want somebody to help you ?" it was weird, everything was timed and seemed like such a coincidence. The whole time after we got arrested ( we all got handcuffed and put in separate cars ) I sat in the back seat of a cop car watching him lay there. The only thing I felt was his mom calling my phone, he didn't have a cell phone at the time. His mom didn't know,she just wanted to know where he was.....after seeing all those calls I wish I could just sit in that cop car forever! ...... theres more to this story, weird details and coincidences. Unfortunately the outcome will always be the same. I read this story so many times and others. Now you know a little more from somebody that was there and lived it.

11:59 AM  
Blogger cruiz85 said...

Everybody that reads this - REAL DEAl !!
My name is Cesar. I was 1 of the 4 men that stopped to render aid. I was 21 at the time. Jesus terrazas was my best friend. I stood next to the car, I was rite behind Jesus when he got shot. The craziest thing was the way my friend laid on the floor for several minutes,ignored. When they finally got to him, they turned him over and handcuffed him!
( he was facing up) they still left him there. The whole thing was a nightmare! Jesus and I where the ones telling our other 2 friends " stop! Stop! Wouldn't you want somebody to help you ?" it was like destiny, everything was timed and seemed like such a coincidence. The whole time after we got arrested ( we all got handcuffed ) I sat in the back seat of a cop car watching him lay there. The only thing I felt was his mom calling my phone, he didn't have a cell phone at the time. His mom didn't know she just wanted to know where he was.....after seeing all those calls I wish I could just sit in that cop car forever! ...... Guys theres more to this story, weird details and coincidences. Unfortunately the outcome will always be the same. I read this story so many times and others. Now you know a little more from somebody that was there and lived it.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to go to school with Nick when I heard this I was absolutely shocked! I couldn’t believe the guy I knew in school was the same person that had done this horrible thing. I hadn’t spoken to him in about a year from when this happen so I really didn’t know what was going on in his life. Regardless of how he was before, there is no reason to justify what he did. If anybody else that knew Nick hasn’t said it , I know it won’t mean much but I’m truly sorry for what Nick did. I just pray that God give peace to all the victims including his family.


God Bless.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Rest in peace Robert! I love you and I am always thinking of you!! You are a true angel.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Rest in Peace Robert! I love you.

11:28 PM  

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