Firefighter shot and killed responding to medical call in Wisconsin
APPLETON, W.I. (ABC NEWS) – A Wisconsin firefighter was shot and later died, and three other people were shot, at the scene of a medical emergency Wednesday night.
The 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department died after he was rushed to a local hospital, the department said in a statement posted to Facebook.
One of the other three shooting victims was an Appleton police officer who’s recovering at a local hospital.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department told ABC Green Bay affiliate WBAY police and fire units responded to a transit center after a medical call around 5:30 p.m. local time.
While they were treating an individual, “the incident escalated into shots being fired,” Cash said. “It was a very quick scene. … We had to get people to the hospital quickly. So we’re just happy we could get them there and get them the medical attention they needed.”
Tori Mourning, a witness, told WBAY that at first it sounded like a lawnmower backfiring and then “I heard it again — I looked up because we can see the bus stop from my bedroom window.”
“I saw the guy shoot a female, and she went down,” Mourning added, “and another shot was fired, and there was another male, and he went down, and then I saw the shooter flee.”