Tucson shooting-Hero EMT called for back-up despite being shot as shooter gunned down five during house fire

A HERO EMT was able to call for back-up despite being shot in the head as the Tucson shooter gunned down five people in a frenzied rampage during a house fire.

The Tucson Police Department said the 21-year-old was able to call for help and describe the suspect and his vehicle, a silver SUV.


The suspect was eventually shot by police after killing a neighbor, 44, wounding three first responders, and injuring a bystander.

The horrifying incident happened at three different locations in the city's downtown area police chief Chris Magnus said during a press conference.

At first, dispatchers received a 911 call at 3.45pm to report a house fire on the 2100 block of East Irene Vista.

At around the same time, dispatchers received a separate call regarding a medical emergency at the nearby Quincy Douglas Park.

When EMTs arrived on the scene, a 35-year-old male pulled up alongside the ambulance in a silver SUV, got out of the car, and opened fire through the driver's side window, Magnus said.

The driver of the ambulance, 20, was struck in the head and is currently in critical condition.

A female EMT sat in the passenger's seat, 21, was shot in the arm and chest and is currently stable.

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