Authorities: Dallas paramedic shot, undergoing surgery

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Dallas police gather at Baylor Hospital, where an injured EMT was taken for surgery following a shooting. 

CBS DFW

Last Updated May 1, 2017 3:03 PM EDT

DALLAS — A Dallas paramedic was shot while responding to a shooting call and the scene remains active and dangerous, authorities say.

The city released a statement saying officers were responding to a shooting around 11:30 a.m. Monday when a Dallas Fire-Rescue EMT Unit was struck. Dallas police say a paramedic was hit, and is hospitalized in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

Police along with SWAT teams are looking for an unidentified man who is bald and may be walking with a limp, wearing a dark green shirt and jeans, CBS DFW reports. He may be armed with a rifle.

Authorities say the shooting occurred near the Dolphin Road Fire Training Academy east of downtown. 

Police spokesman Warren Mitchell said “the entire area is still active and very dangerous.”  

Dozens of police vehicles could be seen swarming the mostly residential neighborhood near Interstate 30. 

Lawyer and former police officer Pete Schulte told CBS DFW that the massive police turnout was necessary to try and contain the area and locate the suspect. 

“Once they get the perimeter set up they can start the detailed search that’s required,” he said. “I think they’re still trying to figure out where exactly this gunman possibly could be, so they can set up a very synced perimeter and get the search going from house-to-house, from backyard-to-backyard, and from car-to-car to find this person.”

The Dallas Police Association tweeted earlier Monday that officers responding to an active shooter were “pinned down” by gunfire.

“Please keep the injured EMT and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” the Dallas Police Department tweeted.

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Source: CBS News – United States

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