Young veteran dukes out would-be killer
By Herald staff
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Jeremy Bailey survived war zones from the Balkans to Afghanistan only to be nearly shot to death in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot in Weymouth Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old Weymouth man, who was discharged from the Army earlier this year, credited his military training with helping save his life.
Bailey and his brother, Casey Toole, 16, had driven to Dunkin' Donuts where they found a car carrying Edward Green, 20, Nicole Pina, 21, and another man blocking the entrance. Bailey said he yelled at them but was forced to drive over the curb to get into the parking lot. He was walking toward the building, when Green, just five or 10 feet away, quietly pulled out his gun.
``He didn't say anything. That was the scariest thing,'' Bailey said. ``He pulled out the gun and fired. He meant business.''
The bullet struck his head and ripped up part of his scalp, but Bailey said he was able to stay conscious.
``A centimeter down, I'm done. No doubt about it. I never would have walked away,'' he said.
When Bailey saw the gun, he charged Green, started punching the man in the face as he struggled to get his hands on the gun and keep from passing out. During the brawl, Bailey said Pina was kicking him in the head.
Weymouth police charged Green, of Mattapan, with attempted murder, and Pina, of Braintree, with assault and battery on a police officer, according to the Norfolk District Attorney's Office.
Bailey was released from the hospital yesterday morning and was recovering at home with stitches to his head where the bullet struck him.
``He's not afraid, that's for sure. He's a confident young man,'' said the veteran's father, Jim Bailey, who hopes to see his son hired as a cop.