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A Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic with 11 years of experience was shot today in an Old East Dallas neighborhood while administering treatment to a gunshot victim. The shooter began firing at the victim, injuring the medic and a bystander in the process. The firefighter/paramedic was taken to Baylor University Medical Center in the back of a police car, and is listed in critical condition. The neighbor is reported as stable.
The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. News outlets report that the area where the shooting occurred is one of Dallas' most dangerous neighborhoods. In 2009, a nearby community was named one of the FBI's most dangerous neighborhoods. Last July NFPA, and other leading fire services organizations, decried the ambush that killed five Dallas police officers; and shared civil unrest and active shooter resources. The Dallas massacre prompted local fire officials to provide personnel with ballistic vests and helmets to wear in the field. It is not known if the city's firefighters and paramedics are wearing the protective equipment on a regular basis, or if the medic injured today was wearing safety gear at the time of the shooting.
This story is still developing. Law enforcement authorities have saturated the area, searching for the active shooter who was armed with a rifle.