Conflict Arises Over EMS Response to Detroit Shooting

Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green said an ambulance was sent within three minutes of a 911 call



WDIV | | Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DETROIT (WDIV) - There's conflicting stories between a family and city officials regarding what happened Sunday morning when shots rang out on Detroit's west side.

Detroit police said six men were inside a car about 2 a.m. near Savannah and Charleston streets when someone pulled up next to them and opened fire, blowing out all of the car's windows and tires.

During an interview with Local 4, one of the men inside the car, who asked only to be identified as Sonny, said the group managed to drive themselves to the Detroit Police Department's 12th Precinct on Seven Mile Road.

He said the officers told them all of the ambulances were out on other runs.

"We were in the police station for 10 or 15 minutes and no ambulances come. So, then the police had to drive us all the way to Sinai Grace," Sonny said.

Sonny was shot in the shoulder. He said he's thankful to be alive. One of the men, an 18-year-old, died as a result of his injuries.

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But Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green said an ambulance was sent within three minutes of a 911 call made at 2:10 a.m. regarding the shooting. He said the issue lies in the fact that there was a lack of credible information given to the EMS dispatcher, and that the men left the scene of the shooting before the ambulance arrived. He confirmed that an ambulance being sent to the 12th Precinct was turned away when officers said they were transporting the victims on their own.

"These times, we think, are accurate. It looks like the responses were appropriate and timely. The EMS, I think, were diligently doing a good job of chasing down the victims of this crime to try to provide the services they needed," Green said.


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