I was in the hotel foyer with my friend when we heard gunshots ring out. Then, all of a sudden, a man walked into the hotel, drenched in blood. He had been hit by a bullet in the buttocks. He asked if he could hide out in the hotel and get some help, but the hotel staff told him they didn’t have any medical supplies. Personally, I think the staff didn’t want the authorities to hear that they were helping protesters.
I went to my car to get my first aid kit and brought the man to the hotel’s restroom. We soaked up the blood and gave him some pain medication, and he left. I wasn’t able to get in touch with him afterwards to see how he was doing. But it seemed that the wound was relatively minor, so he must be okay.
While we were helping him, he told me that earlier in the evening, he had gone to a fire station to report that a building had caught fire during the clashes. He was just outside the station when he was hit by the bullet. He says it was fired by titushkis further down the street. It was as if they were trying to stop him from alerting the firefighters. When I left the hotel around 2 am, I didn’t see any titushkis, but the gunshots I heard as well as the man’s story convinced me that they were there for a while.