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EMS explains response to Shawnee Park shootings that killed 2 people on Thanksgiving

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As police search for suspects in a shooting at Shawnee Park on Thanksgiving, MetroSafe is releasing information about the response of emergency personnel for the incident.

EMS says two people were killed and four people were wounded after the shootings in a crowded and busy Shawnee Park on Thanksgiving Day.

“The shooter fled, so EMS was able to go right into the scene and start finding and treating the patients,” said MetroSafe spokesperson Mitchell Burmeister.

According to Burmeister, the first calls came into the dispatch center at 1:51 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The first EMS units arrived nine minutes later at 2 p.m.

“As more calls came in and the situation unfolded, we sent additional resources," Burmeister said. "There were also more units that were staging in case the scene evolved further."

Burmeister said “multiple” ambulances responded to the scene.

Two people were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Two others were taken by personal vehicle.

“There was actually one on the way to the hospital in a personal vehicle that flagged down an EMS resource on Broadway, and EMS transported the rest of the way,” Burmeister said.

In a situation like that with the call center being flooded calls, Burmeister says it’s helpful to have all emergency dispatches in one place.

“Everyone is co-located for police, fire, EMS ... all in one room,” he said.

As far as available personnel and equipment, Burmeister said the department was fully staffed just like any other day in spite of it being on Thanksgiving.

Police have not made any arrests in the case. 

Below is the full call log from MetroSafe on the day of the shooting:

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