Paramedics were forced to take cover during a shooting near their ambulance in Chicago’s Jackson Park neighborhood as crime plagues the city and the nation.
The hail of gunfire came from suspects in a sedan driving near 67th and the South Shore and passed two Med Express Ambulance workers on Sept. 21, CBS Chicago reported Thursday.
In a social media post on Wednesday, the Medical Express ambulance service shared dash cam footage from inside the vehicle and said workers were on their way to a call when they heard the shots.
“It looked like a gun to me,” said one of the paramedics, to which the other replied, “It is,” as they both took cover. The footage then showed a dark colored sedan in front of them with what appeared to be two individuals hanging from the windows:
On September 21, a MedEx ambulance was on its way to a call when it heard multiple gunshots nearby in Jackson Park. As the ambulance drove through the park, a vehicle passed with two subjects hanging from the windows on either side of the car. The individuals fired at least 5 shots in the direction of the ambulance and the crew. EMT Nick, who was driving the ambulance, brought the vehicle to a safe stop in the middle of heavy traffic as the suspects continued firing. “Our main concern is the safety of the crew, but the team put their safety aside and went to help someone else,” said general manager Michael Pieroni. Nick and his partner, Paramedic James, observed a man fall to the ground as the shooters moved past him. Believing he had been shot, the crew rushed to the man and determined that he had not been shot, but rather had fallen off his bicycle, trying to get away from the bullets flying. “Although no one was seriously injured in this incident, it illustrates the dangers that EMS providers face on a daily basis.” Chicago police are investigating. For more information, press only:Joe Elkin – Safety and Risk Manager224email@example.com
Posted by Medical Express Ambulance Service Inc. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022
“Oh, someone on a bike just got shot,” the ambulance driver said, then appeared to turn around. Moments later, a person was seen on the ground in the right portion of the video.
“Our main concern is the safety of the crew, but the team put their safety aside and went to help someone else,” according to chief operating officer Michael Pieroni.
According to the CBS report, the person on the bicycle was not injured in the incident but lay down to avoid being shot.
“Those in the black Infiniti weren’t caught,” the outlet said.
Meanwhile, 36 people were shot and at least five died over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago weekend (D), according to Breitbart News.
In addition, rising violent crime in President Joe Biden’s (D) America is emerging as the defining issue for voters in the upcoming midterm elections, the outlet reported Oct. 5.
“A Policy A poll released Wednesday found that 77% of Americans think violent crime is a significant problem in the country,” the article said.
“The survey also found that 74% of Americans believe violent crime is increasing nationally, while 88% believe it is increasing or staying the same within their community,” he said. .