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First Responders' Quick Actions Helped Save BPD Sergeant Isaac Carrington's Life

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Wounded Baltimore City Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington is still recovering at the hospital—and promised "I'll be back" in a video with Commissioner Michael Harrison over the weekend.

"I'm Commissioner Mike Harrison and I'm with Sergeant Isaac Carrington who wants to go say something to you," Harrison said in the video.

Just days after being shot, Sgt. Carrington said "I love ya'll. I'm 10-8. I'll be back."

Message from Ike Carrington by Eric Melancon on YouTube

Sgt. Carrington was shot several times Thursday, and Baltimore City first responders were able to get him loaded onto an ambulance and on his way to Shock Trauma "in less than a minute" according to BCFD.

The sergeant has undergone several surgeries since he was shot.

"That's the difference between life and death," Fletcher said of the need for quick responses. "In this case, it worked perfectly."

"This is the kind of call our men and women handle every day," said Dickie Altieri, who heads the firefighters' union.

In a statement police released Monday, the department wrote, "Sergeant Carrington remains at Shock Trauma being treated for his injuries. The Carrington family appreciates everyone who has reached out to offer support and prayers."

The family has asked for privacy.

Police said Carrington was talking to his neighbor while off-duty when an Acura pulled up and a masked gunman got out and demanded their property.

They ran in opposite directions, and the gunman chased Sgt. Carrington, shooting him several times.


City Council President Brandon Scott has visited Sgt. Carrington in the hospital and has known his family for years.

"We have to hunt down the individuals who are doing these shootings and robberies and any other shooting and robbery in the city of Baltimore. We just hope and pray that Ike continues to fight and that he comes out on top, but we have to be better as a city as we work together to deal with this disease of gun violence," Scott said.

In their search for suspects, police have stopped two dark blue Acura sedans, on Friday it led to an arrest of two men in a TL that was more than a decade old.

Then on Saturday, police made an arrest after the pursuit of a newer Acura TLX. In each case, the suspects were not connected to the shooting.

There is a $19,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. You can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

The city's police union is also accepting donations to help Carrington's family.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly included references to a rapid response team within the Baltimore fire department. There is no such team within the agency.

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