Doctors Respond To Shooting Victim Within Minutes

After the shooting it only took a few minutes for responders to get Luccendia White from the front door of the hospital into a trauma room.   It's a response, doctors say may have saved her life.

Yesterday afternoon, Doctor John Berne of ETMC says he got a page and a call saying someone had been shot in the hospital.

"When your told someone has been shot at the hospital you know that could mean a block away, or a mile away not really in front of the hospital," said Dr. John Berne, ETMC Trauma Surgeon. "I didn't quite believe it." Within two to three minutes Berne says nurses and paramedics had White on a stretcher and in a trauma room, a room just 50 yards from where she had been shot.

"We often have people that come far away with their injuries, and we literally got her within minutes of her injuries, which is pretty unusual," said Dr. Berne. It's precious time Berne says may have saved White's life.

"Often times with injuries to the extent that she had, she may have bled to death or something like that if she had been transported a long distance," said Berne. "She is doing remarkably well." Jim Parisi, the Vice President of Trauma and Emergency Services was one of the first to White's side, helping her get inside the hospital.

"You would think that people would run the opposite direction when they hear shots, but I think at the same time, instinctively our first concern was the people that might have been injured and went there to help," said Jim Parisi, VP of Trauma and Emergency Services at ETMC. It was a team effort response Parisi says he's very proud of.

"Everybody was very calm and did everything they would normally do, and obviously I think she is going to benefit from that," said Parasi. Berne says another doctor was called to help Ronnie Norton, 60, a bystander shot in the ankle.  Norton was also immediately taken to a trauma room for treatment.

Molly Reuter, reporting.