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Volunteer EMS Injured On Way To Call In Bellport When Ambulance Was Shot At

All EMS Wear Bulletproof Vests Due To Increased Crime In Area
Bullet hole, shattered glass in back of South Country Ambulance. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Bullet hole, shattered glass in back of South Country Ambulance. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island volunteer emergency medical service worker was injured after the ambulance he was riding in was shot at.

As WCBS 88’s Sophia Hall reported, a bullet went through the back window of the South Country Ambulance as volunteers were responding to a call in Bellport Tuesday night.

Broken glass sprayed through the back of the ambulance, officials said.

A 19-year-old volunteer was hit in the incident.

“Heard a loud pop, felt something hit him in the back and something on his hand,” South Country Chief of Department Gregory Miglino told Hall.

This South Country Ambulance was hit by a bullet and a volunteer EMS was injured while responding to a call. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

This South Country Ambulance was hit by a bullet and a volunteer EMS was injured while responding to a call. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

The chief said all EMS workers have been wearing bulletproof vests for the past year and a half because of the recent violence in the area.

“He’s not injured bad. I think the biggest injury to the entire department is the shock that somebody would actually fire upon a volunteer ambulance that’s coming to the aid of somebody who’s sick or injured,” said Miglino. “We’ve never had one of our vehicles fired upon like that. It makes no sense to us either. This is something that we’re hoping is a random act of violence.”

No arrests have been made.

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