Thread: EMT shot in East St. Louis
05-20-2008, 10:19 AM #1
EMT shot in East St. Louis
WASHINGTON PARK --
Police were searching for three suspects Monday night in the shooting of a MedStar Ambulance worker who was transporting one of two brothers wounded in a shooting.
Police are looking for a late-model, red Grand Am they believe the suspects were in.
The worker, whose name was not released Monday night, was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital. The two brothers, whose names also were being withheld, were being treated at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, where East St. Louis police had secured the perimeter. The ambulance worker was listed to be in serious condition. He was hit in the left arm, and the bullet traveled through and into his chest, Washington Park Police Chief Calvin Hammonds said. No conditions were available on the brothers, who know the shooters, Hammonds said.
Herb Simmons, manager of MedStar Ambulance, said the driver, who is in his early 20s, has been with the company for a couple months.
"We're still trying to piece it all together," Simmons said late Monday night. "The entire MedStar family is praying for the worker and his family. The owners are at the hospital with him and his family at this time.
"I've been doing this a long, long time," he added. "It always hits home because everybody is a tight-knit family. People who are off (duty) volunteer to come in and help out. We are a family, and this is just very tragic. We're grief-stricken."
Illinois State Police were assisting in the investigation.
Police responded to a shooting at the brothers' house about 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of North 51 Street, Hammonds said.
One of the brothers was transported via ambulance to Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital; a detective met up with the ambulance and escorted it to the hospital. The second ambulance was on its way to the hospital with the other brother, when three suspects ambushed the ambulance on Interstate 64 at the 25th Street exit, Hammonds said. The ambulance was not followed by police because police didn't realize the suspects were hiding, Hammonds said.
Police had located no weapons Monday night. They did not know whether drugs were involved, Hammonds said.
"We have details out combing the area to try and prevent this gun violence and get hoodlums off the street," Hammonds said. "People are coming from other cities trying to hang out in Washington Park. We want them to know if they do, they're going to jail."
05-20-2008, 12:34 PM #2
First, my thoughts and prayers are with the Medstar EMT. Please have a safe and speedy recovery. This is a travesty. What a senseless act. Has it gotten to the point that we need police escorts on shootings and stabbings to and from the scene? Maybe so.
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05-20-2008, 01:10 PM #3
Savages. Incidents like this are not unheard of but when they happen it is very chilling. Best wishes to the responder. I hope no mercy is shown to the cowards that attacked him.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
05-20-2008, 03:59 PM #4
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From what I gathered on the news, it sounds like they were trying to make sure the patient was dead and shot the medic as well. It sounds like he'll make it.
I'm like Mikey - I hope they get the bums and hang 'em from the highest tree.Jack Boczek, Chief
Ashley Community Fire Protection District
05-20-2008, 10:46 PM #5
Thank god it sounds like he is doing much better. There is a follow-up to the story here http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_articl...storyid=146593
Things like this are always shocking, but its worse when it hits so close to home. Lets hope the criminals get punished to absolute max so MAYBE these crimes can get prevented in the future.DJ
05-22-2008, 02:51 PM #6
Here's the dashboard camera video of the shooting! Thank God he is going to be OK!
05-22-2008, 07:47 PM #7
I would think they would have staged down the road a couple of blocks until police came and secured the scene. Thats what I've been taught to do and thats what everyone around here does.
05-22-2008, 08:59 PM #8
05-27-2008, 11:18 AM #9
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Makes me nervous to a degree when cars keep up with or approach quickly from behind while running lights and/or siren on the way to the hospitol.
06-10-2008, 01:44 PM #10
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At home Now
Just an FYI he is at home and doing very well. Hopes to return to work as soon as he can.
06-18-2008, 04:17 PM #11
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Very good news.... Wish him a speedy recovery!
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