As paramedics responded to an emergency call at a Sarasota home, shots were fired in their direction, police said. Luckily, neither were injured, but officials are searching for a suspect.
After receiving a report that an individual had fallen, first responders with the Sarasota County Fire Department responded to a home in the 2900 block of Goodrich Avenue around 4 a.m. Monday. However, they were told by the resident that they did not call 911, police said.
Once they were back inside the ambulance, police said an unknown man wearing a hoodie fired a weapon at the vehicle. As the two paramedics drove away, at least two bullets struck the front driver’s side door. No one was injured, detectives said, but there was minor damage to the ambulance.
The individual fled on foot and has not been located. It’s unclear whether the suspect lives in the neighborhood, or knew the paramedics.
There were no law enforcement officers when the two first responders arrived. County and city officials said the shooting will change how paramedics will respond to emergency calls, but did not provide details in order to protect first responders in future cases.
“I don’t want to speculate, but these are folks out here trying to do what’s right for their community,” explained Sarasota Police Deputy Chief Pat Robinson during a press conference. “When they come under assault, it’s an assault on this entire community…and to the first responders in this entire country.
Detectives said they are following up on a number of leads, but anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at (941) 316-1199.