Ambulance delays in mall carjacking shooting - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Ambulance delays in mall carjacking shooting

Posted: Updated:
A man was killed in a carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills. A man was killed in a carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills.
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

It took first responders at least 18 minutes to reach a carjacking victim who was shot in the parking lot of a New Jersey mall.

A mall security officer called for help within a minute of the shooting but the height of the parking garage entrance apparently stalled the ambulance crew from reaching the dying victim, Dustin Friedland.

Friedland was shot on an upper level of a parking deck at the Mall at Short Hills when he refused to hand over the keys to his car, with his wife inside.

His wife made multiple 911 calls after the shooting.

In one, Jamie Friedland says, "Yes, this is an emergency. I'm in the Short Hills Mall parking lot. My husband has been shot. We called the ambulance about half and hour ago. Where is it?"

Millburn Police confirm that it took 18 minutes for the ambulance to reach the scene. A stretcher was eventually rolled up the ramp to the shooting scene.

The mall's general manager and security director tell Fox 5 that two of the mall security officers, who are trained EMTs, were on patrol one level below the shooting and reached the scene less than a minute after hearing the first shot.

The Millburn police chief was meeting with town attorneys on Tuesday and was not available for comment. A representative with the Short Hills-Millburn Volunteer Ambulance Corps says he could not comment because of the ongoing investigation.

Four men are charged in connection with the crime. All have pleaded not guilty.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Tornado kills N.J. couple in Va. campground

    Tornado kills N.J. couple in Va. campground

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:06:16 GMT
    Virginia State Police photoVirginia State Police photo
    A New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground, according to Virginia State Police. Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, of Jersey City, were killed Thursday morning as a fierce storm ripped through the campground, police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
    A New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground, according to Virginia State Police. Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, of Jersey City, were killed Thursday morning as a fierce storm ripped through the campground, police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
  • Proposed Quick Chek becoming hot topic for West Orange neighborhood

    Proposed Quick Chek becoming hot topic for West Orange neighborhood

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:06:22 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    In recent weeks, the St. Cloud neighborhood in West Orange has seen a groundswell of opposition to a proposal by Quick Chek to replace the vacant restaurant at 555 Northfield Ave. 
    In recent weeks, the St. Cloud neighborhood in West Orange has seen a groundswell of opposition to a proposal by Quick Chek to replace the vacant restaurant at 555 Northfield Ave. 
  • State ends hunt for snake in Lake Hopatcong

    State ends hunt for snake in Lake Hopatcong

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:58:56 GMT
    Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake slithering around New Jersey's largest lake are apparently a suburban legend or the snake just isn't hungry.
    A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry. The state has stopped looking for the reptile after scientists failed to find any evidence of it in Lake Hopatcong and traps baited with chicken were left untouched. Three unconfirmed sightings this month of a snake, perhaps an anaconda as long as 16 feet, raised concerns among visitors and swimmers.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices