(CBS 11 News) DALLAS Last Friday, a firefighter was shot inside a west Dallas fire station. He survived, but the gunman is still at large. Who would be so brazen as to shoot a firefighter?
Johnny Moreno was on his cell phone talking to his wife, pacing inside the fire station. He turned around, walked to the window and put his head down. He then turned to his side. Thats when a bullet went through the glass and into his arm. I heard him yell. Help, help, recalled Stacy Moreno, the firefighters wife. And then a few seconds later, I heard him say, Ive been shot.
The bullet hole still remains in the glass of the fire station. Had Moreno not turned his body, the result could have been far worse. I know theres always a possibility that he could get hurt at work, but I would think it would be fire related and not in a shooting, said Stacy.
Johnny Morenos wounded arm remains in a sling. He has been unable to fight fires because of the drive-by shooting. He declined to talk, saying its simply too soon. His wife, however, has plenty to say. I was just so grateful that he was still alive, Moreno said. Why would you injure someone who helps the community? Someone who, if you are injured, is going to come and help you.
With only one witness who saw very little, police hope that a foolish choice will lead to an arrest. These criminals sometimes get relaxed in nature, said Cpl. Jamie Matthews with the Dallas Police Department, and they may sometimes brag about certain offenses that theyve committed.
Police have a description of the car, believed to be a late 1990s gray Ford Mustang. Those with any information are urged to call North Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-TIPS.