RICHMOND, Va. -- A gunshot victim is in critical but stable condition at VCU Medical Center, and Crime Insider sources say that he was kept alive because of the actions of three responding Henrico officers.
"My main priority was getting over there and helping where I could, to get the guy the help he needed,” said Officer Jason Voncanon, who was the second officer to arrive at the scene of the life-threatening shooting last week on Fayette Ave in Henrico County.
His colleague, Officer Nick Robinson was already putting things into motion.
"I realized the gentleman who had been shot was still in the driver seat,” said Robinson. “I was able to get him out and start applying pressure to his abdomen where I noticed he was shot and also started keeping his airway open to where he could still breathe.”
Crime Insider sources say that the victim was shot multiple times after shoe sale gone wrong.
The victim tried to drive to get help but only made it about a quarter-mile around a curve.
“I looked him over, and looked for additional wounds and realized he had stopped breathing, so we did CPR," said Robinson.
Chest compressions and breaths are not without risk during a global pandemic, Vonancon explained.
"You never know who is positive or not positive, especially in an unconscious situation,” said Voncanon. “So you have to treat everyone as if they're positive and adjust and go from there."
All three officers credit teamwork and training, Officer Brian Wolf says it reminds him of why he took the oath.
"I signed up for this job. It doesn't really matter what people think as long as I got them beside me, no matter what. If somebody needs help, I'm going to provide it regardless of what people think," said Wolf.