(CNN) — Medical staff at Astroland Amusement Park responded to 11 cardiac arrests in the park’s first six months in operation, according to the president of a medical services company, who said Tuesday night’s shooting appears to be just a “freak occurrence.”
Kevin Gurganus spoke to CNN from his company’s medical facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his company’s executive team has worked at Astroland, which opened in April.
“I know the people who run it and work there, and I know their staffing,” he said. “It appears to be a freak occurrence. It’s amazing that nobody got hurt.”
Police are investigating, but officers said they believe the shooting is an isolated incident.
Gurganus worked as a medical emergency responder for Michigan Emergency Medical Services for 15 years before starting a company called Emergency Medical Technicians-Michigan in 2010. The company “provides EMS staffing to top employers in Michigan,” according to its website.
The employees at Astroland are paramedics and nurse practitioners who administer medications, he said. The response to 11 cardiac arrests in six months is extremely low, Gurganus said.
“If you were a layperson, if you go into a store and you’re gonna buy something and then you have a heart attack and you are rushed to the hospital, you are getting (a) twice the care that that ambulance is getting. So this is more or less just a freak occurrence.”
No one is disputing that there were cardiac arrests at Astroland. But what’s still unclear is why, why anyone would respond to them in the first place, and how exactly that happened.
The park runs shuttles between the park and other sites around Kalamazoo, according to its website.
One of the patients was a 17-year-old girl, and paramedics transported her to the hospital by ground ambulance, according to CNN affiliate WWMT. Her name has not been released.
A 47-year-old man was treated and released, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said. The eight other people, ranging in age from 50 to 72, were taken to the hospital by ambulances. Three were released, two were treated and released with minor injuries and one remains hospitalized.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said Monday’s shooting is “not something we take lightly.”
“It’s the holiday season. It’s the holidays, so you wouldn’t think that this would be going on, but you would expect that in any large mass casualty event there would be a higher sense of awareness and preparedness,” Hadley said.
Authorities said the shooter did not work at the park. He was seen wearing a blue shirt and dark shorts as he walked out of the park. He may have been driving a blue Ford Fusion that was later found, police said.
Law enforcement agencies have not yet identified a motive for the shooting.
Some reports indicated that a woman may have been the intended target, but Hadley said it was not confirmed. Police do not know a motive.