911 Dispatcher Accused Of Hanging Up On Buffalo Shooting Call Now On Leave
A 911 dispatcher has been placed on administrative leave after a worker at the Buffalo, New York supermarket who was the target of a mass gunman said her call for help was roughly cut off as she hid from the gunman.
"I was whispering because I could hear him nearby," said the supermarket's assistant manager, Tops, who only gave her name when Latisha told Buffalo TV station WGRZ over the phone. "And when I whispered on the phone to 911, the dispatcher started yelling at me and saying, 'Why whisper, you don't have to whisper.' ... And then she hung up in front of me."
(Watch the interview below.)
Erie County, which oversees the 911 call center, told WGRZ the call "was being investigated" and "immediate action was taken."
"The person who answered that call is now on administrative leave pending a disciplinary hearing," the county said in a statement. A county representative did not immediately respond to HuffPost's questions.
A gunman fueled by racial hatred attacked the supermarket on Saturday, shooting 13 people and killing 10. The accused killer said he targeted the market because of its predominantly black neighborhood. Most of the victims were black.
In her now-viral interview with WGRZ, Latisha said she fell on the ground when the shooting began and tried to call 911.
After the dispatcher scolded her for whispering, she said she explained, "Ma'am, he's in the store. he shoots It's an active shooter. I'm scared for my life."
"And she said something crazy to me and then hung up."
The worker said she then called her boyfriend, who called 911 for help.
She told the same story to The Buffalo News, who reported that she has worked at the grocery store for 13 years.
Below you can watch the interview with WGRZ shared by former Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton.
People on Twitter were outraged.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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