Mother of Vallejo shooting victim speaks out, says son could have been saved

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VALLEJO, Calif. (KRON) – The mother of a Vallejo shooting victim is speaking out tonight saying her son could’ve been saved. 

Video shows her arriving at Sutter Hospital with her son suffering from a gunshot wound.

The mother tells us that her son was her world, she waited for more than a half hour for an ambulance to arrive before rushing him to the hospital herself.

She wants to know why it would take so long to get help and why she was met with disrespect before her son died at the hospital.

In a video difficult to watch, a Vallejo mother pleads for help as her son is dying from a gunshot wound outside of a hospital.

23-year-old Damon “Dada” Ferguson was hit by gunfire on Vanessa Street and Adele Drive.

He was one of two shooting victims in the city in an eight hour span.

“I will never ever see him again. I would’ve at least kissed him goodbye,” Sonya Mitchell said. 

Distraught by what happened, Sonya Mitchell says she rushed her son to Sutter Solano Medical Center because 911 calls went unanswered and an ambulance never showed up.

She grew even more upset, after begging medics for help she began video taping them because what she witnessed was a careless and callous response as her son was dying.

“To be treated like that..no mother deserves that,” Mitchell said. 

Mitchell remembers her son “Dada” as an athletic, loving and caring person.

The family gathered at Mitchell’s home in Vallejo to pay their respects.

Vallejo City Councilmember Hakeem Brown was outraged after seeing the video on Facebook and immediately called the EMS company “Medic Ambulance” for answers.

“It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time if your aiding a mother who’s basically living a nightmare, also being treated so callously, we don’t want to see that in our community, that hurts,” Brown said.  

Brown tells us one medic was placed on unpaid leave as an investigation is underway.

For Mitchell the pain is still raw. She says she wishes she would’ve embraced “Dada” one last time before he passed away.

“I will never ever see him again. I would’ve at least kissed him goodbye,” Mitchell said.

The family tells us they are now considering possible legal action against Medic Ambulance. 

Medic Ambulance has released the following statement regarding the incident:

Medic Ambulance Service wishes to let our community know that we have taken swift and decisive actions regarding the unfortunate event occurring at Sutter Solano Medical Center recently. The employee who made the unprofessional remark was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave pending investigation as soon as we were made aware by councilmember Hakeem Brown. We do not and will not, tolerate acts of unprofessionalism. We take enormous pride in our community, staff and service, and we hold ourselves accountable to the gold standard of excellence. Medic is a Vallejo born and raised community-based service and has operated in Solano County for over 41 years and maintains the highest ethical, clinical and response time standards.

In an effort of full transparency, we would like the community to know that at no time were our services requested through the 9-1-1 system; there was no call received by Medic for a medical incident in or around where the shooting occurred. There were multiple ambulances available in the City of Vallejo at the time of the incident. The first moment that anyone associated with Medic was aware of this matter is when the patient was brought by private vehicle to Sutter, where our crew was located and in the process of completing a separate call. Should any member of our community wish to verify the absence of a 9-1-1 call, we encourage they seek answers from the Vallejo Police and Fire Department, which serves as the primary public service answering point (PSAP).

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the victim and his family regarding this tragic event. We have already begun and will continue to investigate this matter and we wish to assure the community that we will take appropriate action on any involved individual.

Medic Ambulance on Sept. 4, 2020

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