A Dallas paramedic responding to a reported shooting was shot and critically injured Monday morning, drawing a swarming police presence to a neighborhood on the city's eastern side.
Another police officer responding to the call was also injured but was not taken to the hospital. Police sent in a robot to have a look and found two bodies, one belonging to the suspected gunman and another an unidentified person.
Rawlings says the injured paramedic underwent surgery Monday afternoon and was in critical but stable condition.
Authorities say that as emergency responders treated a civilian who'd been shot, another person approached, opened fire and critically injured the paramedic.
The paramedic, an 11-year veteran of the department whose name has not been released, was out of surgery Monday afternoon and transferred to the ICU.
However, police have now said that when paramedics arrived, they found a man on the ground outside the home who'd been shot.
The threat to the Dolphin Heights neighborhood near Dolphin Road and Interstate 30 is clear, Rawlings said.
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Officers responding to the scene were pinned down, according to a tweet from the Dallas Police Association, the union representing local officers.
Dallas Police Department Interim Chief David Pughes said the suspect used a high-powered rifle.
"The entire area is still active and very risky", police spokesman Warren Mitchell said in an email, adding that it was unsafe to allow media into the area. The incident started as a dispute the neighbor and the suspect that turned violent, police said.
City spokesman Richard Hill says the second body found in the house was a man, but no other information was released about him, including whether the person knew the gunman or if either of them lived in the house. Police have not identified the suspect or the other dead man.
A first responder was shot while treating a shooting victim in Dallas, according to an NBC DFW report.
WFAA said authorities have a home surrounded. Doesn't that sound like a ski mask-wearing insane gunman is at large and could possibly strike again, thereby definitely threatening the public? Still exposed to potential gunfire, three of them placed An in a squad vehicle and took him to the hospital while others pulled the 24-year-old neighbor to safety so he could be taken to a hospital, Blankenbaker said.
One Dallas Police Officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, though it was not immediately clear what caused his or her injuries.