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A young black man, in his late-teens or early twenties, was shot in the leg. On July 12, 2016, at approximately 5:00 p.m. CDT, there was a shooting in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. The shots were fired near West 14th Street and South Pulaski Road.
According to Untrail D. Boyd, a videographer for Guardian Liberty Voice, he heard six pops that sounded like gunfire. Upon investigating, Boyd located the victim, police, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and a crowd of bystanders. Witnesses told Boyd that the young man was across the street when he was wounded. Even with his leg being injured the victim was able to run and seek shelter.
The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, where he will be treated for his gunshot wound. There is no further information about the young man.
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) EMS Division is responsible for activities related to paramedic and ambulance services. According to the Bureau of Operations, they employ over 4,500 firefighters and paramedics. These employees respond to at least 500,000 calls each year for emergency services in Chicago proper, including medical, fire, and other emergency situations. The goal for ambulance services is to reach the location of the victim within a 4-6 minute window. The Bureau reports that they do this by strategically locating EMS throughout the city. The site boasts that they are part of the biggest EMS systems around the globe.
UPDATE: According to the victim’s uncle, the young man’s name is Omarion Garrett. He is a 17-year-old high school student who works at a Popeye’s Lousiana Chicken in the area.
Written by Cathy Milne
Contributor Untrail D. Boyd
Phone Interview with Untrail D. Boyd
City of Chicago Bureau of Operations: Emergency Services
Images and Video Courtesy of Untrail D. Boyd – Used With Permission