calls show ambulance delay in fatal NJ carjacking: report
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[January 15, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A woman's
frantic calls to emergency responders show that an ambulance took 18
minutes to reach her husband who lay dying after being shot by
carjackers at a New Jersey mall, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
"This is an emergency. I'm at the Short Hills mall parking lot. My
husband has been shot," Jamie Schare Friedland told a 911 dispatcher
in recordings of the calls obtained by New Jersey's Star-Ledger
newspaper. The newspaper obtained the calls as part of a public
Dustin Friedland was shot December 15 by four men who stole the
couple's luxury SUV in the parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills
in Millburn, New Jersey, about 21 miles west of New York.
Schare Friedland placed the call requesting help 18 minutes after
the attack, Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber told the newspaper.
In the call, Schare Friedland asked the dispatcher: "We called an
ambulance a half an hour ago. Where is it?"
According to the report, Weber said the response was delayed when
the ambulance arrived at the mall but was unable to fit under the
parking deck's ceiling. The crew had to push a stretcher up an
entrance ramp to Friedland's body, he said.
Weber also told the newspaper that it was not clear whether the
responding ambulance was coming from the Millburn-Short Hills
Volunteer First Aid squad's headquarters 4 miles from the mall or
from a different location.
When contacted by Reuters, the ambulance company declined to comment
about the incident, including a request on typical response times in
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After the shooting, the suspects drove away in the victim's car,
which was later found in Newark. Four men have pleaded not guilty to
murder and other charges in the violence that erupted moments after
Friedland and his wife loaded holiday shopping bags into their 2012
silver Range Rover.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; editing by Scott Malone and Amanda
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