Wednesday, August 8, 2012
GRANDVIEW - Despite efforts to block them, Grandview police and emergency responders were able to treat a 15-year-old male that had been shot in the foot.
It all happened yesterday, Tuesday, when officers were called to 510 W. Third Street.
The boy was found at the scene, but Police Chief Dave Charvet estimates a dozen or so people tried to prevent officers and emergency personnel from treating the teen.
The situation was so bad, Charvet added, that at least one person was charged with obstructing a police officer.
"They were getting in our officers' face and wouldn't let us do our job," he said. Assistant Chief Mark Ware added, "They were yelling, screaming and cursing at officers."
Further, a log of police communication at the scene indicates concern for a "possible officer safety issue."
Charvet said people attempted to block off the scene because they intended to take care of the teen themselves and did not want police involvement.
The 15-year-old was eventually transported to PMH Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound in one leg.
At this point there are more questions than answers for yesterday's shooting and witnesses aren't talking.
"We're at ground zero on this whole thing," says Charvet.
He says it's not yet known where the shooting actually took place or why. "We're assuming it was self inflicted, but they won't talk."
Assistant Chief Mark Ware noted that some of those in the crowd were gang members.
Ware added that detectives are working the case.