APPLE VALLEY • Artist Michael Craig Carrier and his wife, Lisa,
had just settled into their Ford Flex around noon Saturday, destined
for Colorado to deliver the largest commission of his career, when a
man came barreling down their dirt road, honking his horn and
signaling for help.
Some two miles away, a teenager and a 12-year-old were screaming
for help at the top of their lungs and using T-shirts for
tourniquets as they fought for their father’s life.
They’d been hunting quail that morning, with their dad leading
the way as they traversed the rocky canyon in their neon-colored
vests. Then the 15-year-old slipped, dropped his 12-gage shotgun and
blew a 5-inch hole in his father’s left thigh.
“The bad news is he may lose a leg,” Richard Satchell, uncle to
the man who was shot, said Monday. “The good news is he’s alive.”
Carrier distracted the man by asking about his life, and learned
he was a 43-year-old engineer from Covina. He told him about his own
artwork and had the man count down from 100 as he fought to stay
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