Date: November 1994

What Happened? When Dwayne Carter was 12 years old, he left school early (it was report card day) and went home to find a loaded blue-steel Taurus 9 mm handgun on his bed. He accidentally shot himself in the chest, missing every vital organ but sustaining serious injuries.

How He Responded: Lil Wayne’s life was saved by an off-duty police officer named Robert Hoobler, who arrived at the scene of the shooting and drove Wayne to the hospital. Hoobler did not realize he had saved the life of <em>the</em> Lil Wayne but years later, while eating at a restaurant, someone tapped him on the shoulder and told him, “Lil Wayne would like to see you.” When he went over, Wayne told his crew, “I almost died, and this man saved my life. I’ll never forget him.” Weezy even picked up the officer's tab.