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Shots fired at Sarasota ambulance while paramedics respond to call, police search for shooter

Posted at 7:14 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 19:27:49-05

A Sarasota ambulance responded to a call early Monday morning and was struck by multiple bullets, according to police.

Sarasota police responded to reports of the Sarasota County Fire Department being shot upon during a call on Goodrich Avenue at approximately 4 a.m.

The ambulance was dispatched to 2932 Goodrich Avenue in Sarasota for an individual who had fallen. When the Fire Department arrived, the paramedics were told by the resident at the address that they did not call. While returning to the ambulance, an unknown person fired one shot at the ambulance. The person was last seen wearing a hoodie, according to a press release.

Both paramedics were able to get back into the ambulance and drive away. While they were driving away, approximately three to five more shots were fired at the ambulance. No one was injured in the shooting. The unknown suspect ran away and has not been located.

The ambulance has bullet holes on the driver's side door.

Sarasota officers said they will escort ambulances to medical calls in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred until an arrest is made.

"Unfortunately in this day in age just wearing a uniform or driving and emergency vehicle could make you a target," said Assistant Police Chief Pat Robinson.

Sarasota police is asking anyone with information to call them at 941-316-1199.

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