Many survivors were wounded more than once, hospital officials say
Doctors: Some victims are alert and talking to police at hospital
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Victims from Sunday's mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing were taken to emergency rooms at Memorial Hospital and University of Florida Health Medical Center with wounds to the chest, torso, ankles and wrists, according to doctors.
"Some of the victims will be released tonight. At least one will stay for surgery," said Dr. Marie Crandell at UF Health. "They had gunshot wounds to the chest. They will need additional treatment and monitoring of the heart."
She said they received six patients in the emergency room. They range in age from 20 to 35.
According to UF Health, five of the patients were listed in good condition at one in serious condition following surgery.
“People were hit in the chest. They were hit in the belly," Crandell said. "It was just luck slash miracle that they were not more seriously injured."
Dr. David Caro said they have a mass casualty plan that allowed them to work effectively to care for the patients.
"We’re prepared for this 24/7, but we do work with our teammates in other institutions to provide support if they need extra help as we care for all these victims," said Caro.
Four other survivors taken to Memorial Hospital are in stable condition. One was released Sunday. Dr Frederick Jenkins, the hospital's emergency room medical director, released a statement reading:
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families impacted today, particularly those who lost a loved one from this tragic event. While we hate to see events like this occur in our community, we are committed to ensuring that our families have the care they need when they need it most.
The Salvation Army has dispatched a disaster services team and mobile feeding unit in response to the mass shooting.
"I have assured the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that we are committed to providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care as needed," says Major Bert Tanner, Jacksonville Area Commander for The Salvation Army.
As of Sunday afternoon, The Salvation Army was preparing to serve dinner to approximately 250 first responders that were still at the scene.
"We're here to support them, we're here to feed them," said Lynn Irish with The Salvation Army. "If someone needs to talk, if someone needs to pray, we are here for that as well."
OneBlood of Jacksonville said it does not need blood at this time.
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