WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Lowering a literal life line, Eagle One hovers over Navy Yard building 197 on Monday during the shooting that left 12 victims dead and the shooter.
The U.S. Park Police crew on board were left vulnerable to the active shooter situation going on below but they'd spotted four people on the roof trying to get away from the gunman, later identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.
Among them was a woman shot in the shoulder.
“We felt that she was going to bleed to death if she was left on the roof there,” says Sgt. David Tolson, the paramedic operating the chopper’s hoist.
Tolson lowered a SWAT officer onto the roof.
“He, along with the civilians on the roof, loaded the wounded woman into our rescue basket, we hoisted that basket up to the aircraft and flew her directly to the MEDSTAR unit of Washington Hospital Center,” says Sgt. Ken Burchell, the pilot.
Burchell then flew back to Building 197. There were still three people trapped on the roof with the shooter in the building below.
“We needed to get those people out of there. So one-by-one we back and picked each one up,” Burchell said.