Bellport - (WALK) An investigation continues after a South Country Ambulance worker was shot at while on duty Tuesday night in Bellport, possibly a targeted shooting, according to an EMS official.
The 19-year-old volunteer was among a team responding to a call involving a "mentally unstable" patient and was wearing a bulletproof vest as required by regulations, when a bullet or high-powered pellet crashed through the tempered-glass rear window of the ambulance.
The incident happened as the ambulance traveled east on Atlantic Avenue, Bellport, at about 8:00 p.m. The crew was enroute to assist police on a call near the intersection of Atlantic and Post Avenue in Bellport, said police.
The identity of the 19-year-old ambulance volunteer was not released by police. He was reportedly struck in the neck and lower back by flying glass, and was treated at the scene. His two crewmates were uninjured, said police.
No arrests were made as of early Thursday morning. Police urge anyone with information about the case to call Crimestoppers. All calls will be confidential, and information leading to a conviction earns a cash reward: 1-800-220-TIPS.
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