Rapid gunshots greeted a driver and paramedic from Care Ambulance after they responded to a call Friday night in Selma, according to Care Ambulance area manager Jamie Lee.
The driver and paramedic responded to what they now believe was a suspicious 911 call in the 1900 block of St. Phillips Street.
The Care crew arrived with the intent of checking out a patient's blood pressure.
Once on the scene, someone fired multiple shots at them.
Once the crew realized what was going on, they ran back into the truck and slammed it in reverse. The patient reportedly jumped and ran.
No one was hit, there were no bullet holes in the ambulance and so far, no arrest has been made in the case.
Lee says her two team members are still rattled by it all three days later.
"He said he heard roughly seven or eight shots. They're upset. I mean who wouldn't be if you thought you were getting shot at while helping people," Lee said.
District Attorney Michael Jackson said be believes the incident was a gang initiation ritual. He said the so-called "patient" may have known all along what was about to happen. This is the same area where law enforcement conducted a massive drug raid 11 years ago.
Jackson says the investigation by Selma police is well underway after getting the name of the "patient."
The consequences of John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr.'s march in Selma back in 1965 produced the world where black gangs now have initiation rituals in the current year to kill paramedics and first responders.
There's nothing to celebrate in either of these guys lives, for their every breath helped birth a world of horror far beyond what the architects of Jim Crow feared could come to fruition.
We are forced to applaud their actions though by every discernible metric, Selma is a far, far worse for black people to live in 2017 (under black rule for decades) than it was in 1965...