Tuesday, March 1, 2011 UPDATE: FF is stable this morning. A 20 year old Bellmore (Nassau County, Long Island) NY FF was shot last night, Tuesday evening and is currently in surgery, however he is reported to have serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Bellmore FD units responded for the reported crash on Bellmore Avenue, the vehicle had struck a pole that was shattered in half. Upon the FF's arrival, a victim in the car shot at the crew with 1 BFD member being shot. The crew immediately transported their injured member to Nassau University Medical Center Trauma. Nassau County PD arrived, numerous shots were fired, and the end result is that the heavily armed bad guy is reportedly dead. Several NCPD Officers also received minor injuries.
MORE FROM NASSAU COUNTY POLICE: Around 2200 Hours, Nassau County Police received 911 calls about a vehicle striking a pole on Bellmore Avenue. The vehicle then continued approximately 30 feet and stopped in the middle of the road. The Bellmore FD responded to the scene, and according to Detective Lieutenant Kevin Smith, one of the Firefighters, age 20, approached the car to help the injured, was suddenly met by gunfire and was struck in his side toward his back. Officers from the 7th Precinct, NCPD’s canine units and numerous other units responded to the scene shortly after the shots were fired. The officers saw the gunman with a weapon and opened fire. “They (police officers) were confronted by an armed individual, who had already fired at a fireman from the Bellmore FD.” A witness, said that when police arrived, the gunman "continued to shoot at them." Several guns were found in the occupant’s car. According to Smith, it appeared to be a couple of long barrels and at least one handgun. More to follow. Keep the BFD FF in your prayers, this response and subsequent "ambush" could have been any FF or EMT, anywhere.