WASHINGTON, DC-- D.C. Firefighter-EMT Hakim Carroll, 26, has a new appreciation for the difference six inches can make.
"Maybe a half a foot to the left or to the right," he told 9 News Now, "I would have been struck in the chest, maybe the neck or even the face."
Carroll was shot as he and two fellow EMT's responded to a report of a medical emergency at an apartment building for seniors in the 4800 block of East Capitol St., NE around 10 p.m. Monday.
Carroll says they got no response for approximately ten minutes. Suddenly he says the door opened and gunfire erupted. The 2 year veteran of the Fire Department says he didn't know he was wounded at first. The first thing he and his fellow EMT's did was retreat to safety. DC Police rushed to the scene along with other medic crews.
The occupant of the apartment, Morris Jackson, 67, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer. Jackson was hospitalized with unknown injuries. Carroll was taken to Medstar Shock Trauma where he was treated and released for a "deep graze" would to his left arm.
Carroll, whose father was a career firefighter in DC, says it's "an honor" to work as a firefighter and EMT, adding Monday night's shooting "doesn't really change a thing."
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