Now the news comes out a day later that it was a Potato gun that maims pianist: Neighbor’s Scout training helpful during emergency
POCATELLO — Paul Dial attributes his training as an Eagle Scout in his youth for the calm and cool approach he exhibited following the potato gun explosion that severely injured his neighbor, Idaho State University student Derek Schaible, Sunday afternoon.
Dial said he was watching television when he heard the boom.“It was very loud. It shook the pictures on the wall,” said Dial. Running outside to the house next door, Dial heard a woman screaming and when he came upon Schaible and the woman, there was a pool of blood forming.
When Schaible turned to face Dial he was covering his mutilated right hand with his left hand, saying, "What have I done, what have I done."
Dial said that he also observed shrapnel wounds in Schaible's right leg and three fingers were missing, his little finger, ring finger and middle finger.
Dial told the woman to get a towel, a chair and to call the police. She told Dial that she didn’t have a phone so Dial ran home and told his wife to call 911.
Dial said that Schaible was bleeding profusely and was beginning to go into shock.
Dial said he wanted to keep him outside because the cold weather would stall the effects of shock.
Dial said that he held onto Schaible's arm and applied a tourniquet with his hands to stop the bleeding.
“I told him to keep his arm above his shoulder, to keep it above his heart,” said Dial.
Dial said that his training as an Eagle Scout taught him that “you just have to use your common sense. Determine what the situation is and then react.”
Schaible was rushed by ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Sunday night following surgery.
The residents of the University Neighborhood at the corner of South 13th Avenue and East Lewis Street found their quiet on a rainy Sunday afternoon suddenly shattered by the percussive blast of the explosive device believed at first to be a pipe bomb but later determined to be a potato gun. Schaible had filled the gun with black powder and lit it, triggering the explosion, police said.
Jeannie Vahsholtz, who lives across the street from Schaible, said she and her daughter had just finished watching a movie when she heard a loud explosion. Vahsholtz thought it was a gunshot and described it as loud as a sonic boom.
“I looked out a window and I saw a man with a gun,” said Vahsholtz,“and then he put it down and walked between the house and the garage.”
Vahsholtz saw her neighbor, Dial, run out of his home to assist the man she later found out was Schaible.
Rick Ross and Bret Davis were watching the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on television when they heard the explosion.
“It was like an M-80,” said Ross.“We got up and observed the individual running around the side of the house holding his hand in the air.”
Davis said he saw a plume of smoke and Schaible was standing as if in a daze before he went around the side of the house.
Schaible is an Idaho State University student majoring in music performance, according to ISU's Web site. He was scheduled to play piano at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the nearby First United Methodist Church on Sunday night.
The Rev. Janie Gebhardt, minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, asked those in attendance at the MLK celebration to say a prayer for Schaible.
Gebhardt said that Schaible would often play piano at local church services.“I’m heart sick that this happened to such a talented young man,” said Gebhardt.
Hope they get to answer Why he thought this was a smart thing to do..