2 St. Louis first responders caught in crossfire while treating patient

The paramedic on the scene said they had to take cover in the ambulance during an altercation between two men as they opened fire at each other


By EMS1 Staff

ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis emergency responders were caught in the middle of gunfire while trying to treat a patient. 

According to KMOV4, an EMT and a paramedic were treating a patient when two individuals opened fire at each other. 

The paramedic on scene said that 30 gunshots were fired during the incident, forcing the first responders took cover inside the ambulance. (Photo/U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)
The paramedic on scene said that 30 gunshots were fired during the incident, forcing the first responders took cover inside the ambulance. (Photo/U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

The paramedic on scene said that 30 gunshots were fired during the incident, forcing the first responders took cover inside the ambulance. 

"When you hear gunfire outside of a medic unit or even outside your vehicle and you're trapped, what you're thinking is, ‘Okay, is a bullet gonna pierce the medic unit?’ That's what they were concerned about – were bullets going to come through the medic unit – and, fortunately, that did not happen," St. Louis City Fire Department Captain Leon Whitener said. 

Police hope to recover video surveillance from the ambulance to gather more information on the incident. Police are still searching for the two gunmen. 

 

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