TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — One of the EMTs critically injured in a shooting incident Sunday has been identified.
According to a tweet from Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, 20-year-old Jacob Dindinger is still fighting for his life after he was shot in the head Sunday. He and another EMT were answering a medical call at Silverlake Park when a man drove up and shot both of them before driving off. The other EMT, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the chest but is in stable condition.
After firing at the EMTs, the shooter drove to a house fire about a mile south from the park where he shot at firefighters and bystanders in the area. A Tucson Fire captain was struck in the arm and a bystander fatally shot in the head. An officer later exchanged gunfire with the suspect a few blocks away. The officer wasn't hurt but the suspect was critically injured and remains hospitalized.
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A spokesperson for Pima Community College says Dindinger attended the school from 2018 to 2020 and received his EMT certificate in July 2020.
"Thinking about Jacob Dindinger, 20-year-old EMT here in Tucson who was ambushed, shot in the head, and remains in very critical condition," Chief Magnus said in a tweet. "That was me at 20. Just starting a career. And he is just one of far too many young people losing their life to gun violence. Senseless."
Thinking about Jacob Dindinger, 20-year-old EMT here in Tucson who was ambushed, shot in the head, and remains in very critical condition.— Chris Magnus (@ChiefCMagnus) July 21, 2021
That was me at 20. Just starting a career.
And he is just one of far too many young people losing their life to gun violence.