Woman pleads for help
A woman who saw East Central University baseball player Christopher Lane collapse on the side of the road after he was shot was the first to call 911 after the shooting. The caller, who said her name was Joyce Smith, first told the operator that she saw a young man collapse.
“He has fell over in the ditch, and he’s got blood on him,” she said. “He’s got blood on his back.”
Other people who came upon the scene tried to help Lane. One of them said he heard the gunshot. After the caller told the operator Lane had been shot, the operator can be heard dispatching an ambulance to the scene.
Lane was not conscious during the call. He was breathing irregularly. The caller repeatedly tells the operator that emergency responders need to get there faster.
“Oh my gosh, how much longer is it going to be?” she said. “I hear no sirens. I see no lights. There is a lady here, and she is trying to do CPR. If you don’t hurry, he’s gone.”