Attending Physician In Charleston Emergency Room Recalls The Shooting's Aftermath

Edward O’Bryan has worked in many emergency rooms and seen a number of gunshot victims – but he said he had never received a call from EMS workers like the one Wednesday night. O’Bryan, one of three attending physicians at the Medical University of South Carolina’s emergency room, told BuzzFeed News the hospital received a call to expect eight victims with gunshot wounds on Wednesday night. he said. “Here in Charleston, we don’t get calls like that very often. There really isn’t that kind of violence here – it’s very rare.”
A gunman shot and killed nine members of a prayer group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Police described the attack as a “hate crime” and the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, was arrested Thursday.
O’Bryan said the emergency room quickly implemented their preparedness policies and prepped for the incoming victims – “just like you see on TV.”