WATCH: Hero Intern Daniel Hernandez Credited with Saving Gabrielle Giffords

A 20-year-old Latino intern named Daniel Hernandez is being credited with saving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' life in the crucial minutes after a lunatic opened fire on her Tucson, AZ Congress on Your Corner event this weekend and shot her point blank in the head.

"When this happened, I kind of just shut off all emotion because I knew I wouldn't be any good to anyone if I had a breakdown," Hernandez told Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on This Week. "I had to lift up the congresswoman because she was severely injured, and I wanted to make sure that she was able to breathe okay because there was so much blood."

"She was alert and conscious, but she wasn't able to speak, so the way she was communicating was by grabbing my hand and squeezing," Hernandez told CNN in a later interview.

As for all the hero talk, "People have been referring to me as a hero. I don't think that I am," Hernandez insisted. "I think the people who are heroes are people like Gabby, who have dedicated their lives to public service. It just makes me happy to know that I could help her in any way that I could."

Check out the Today show interview with Hernandez and Amanpour's longer report on the possible causes of the shooting below:

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