ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The first four Albuquerque police officers to get to the Emcoreplant shooting Monday found a scene of mayhem with victims beggingfor help and the gunman apparently still on the loose.
One person with a gunshot wound asked officers about her kidsand who would pick them up, officers said at a news conferenceThursday.
"I can't imagine being in a situation like that knowing who'sgoing to be there for my daughter if I don't make it," said OfficerWayne McCumber. "She said, 'Don't leave.'
"I said, 'I'm not going to leave, I'm right here."
Recalling the events of Monday morning brought McCumber totears.
The call came in as a shooting with one woman down.
But Officer Eric Martinez, who was the first officer to arriveat Emcore, said he saw something completely different.
"There was people on the ground," he said. "There was peoplescreaming, 'He's inside.'"
He said he saw three women.
One of them told him the shooter was inside the building. Hesaid it seemed like a long time before the other officersarrived.
"There was blood everywhere, blood all over the car, all overus," McCumber said.
As the officers including Officer Art Acosta helped thesurvivors to their patrol cars they looked out for a shooter. Theysaid they had no idea just how many gunmen there were.
Officer David Hinson said as soon as they'd taken care of thevictims he went into Emcore and saw the .45 caliber semiautomatichandgun Robert Reza used in the shooting. But had no idea thesingle gunman had just taken his life.
"But at that point there was a large desk that was covering theoffender, and at that point we didn't know that was somebodydeceased," said Hinson.
The four officers had found Sharon Cunningham and Michele"Scrappy" Turner. They didn't survive as Turner died at the sceneand Cunningham succumbed later at University of New MexicoHospital.
They saved Adrienne Basciano who police believe was Reza'stargets. She has been identified as his estranged girlfriend andthe mother of their twin sons.
A UNMH spokesperson late Thursday said Basciano, who had beenupgraded to serious condition, has slipped back into criticalcondition.
For three of the officers, the Emcore shooting was their firstcall-out of the day. All four went back to work the next day.
The officers had no idea Reza had killed himself until more thanan hour later.
"I just hope those families can heal," Martinez said.
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