A man armed with a rifle has eluded capture after shooting a paramedic and one other person in East Dallas this morning.

The incident began after the Dallas Fire Department responded to the call of a suicide threat just south of Interstate 30, on Reynolds near Dolphin, around 11:30 a.m.

They arrived to find a person who had been shot. As they were treating the injured person, a gunman approached and began shooting.

The gunman shot a DFD paramedic in the leg. The paramedic, an 11-year veteran whose name has not been released, was rushed to Baylor hospital in the back of a Dallas Police squad car and immediately was taken into surgery.

From the Dallas Morning News:

He remained in critical condition Monday afternoon, and coded three times from blood loss. A bullet pierced an artery in the officer’s leg, and his leg was broken by a bullet.

Police put in a “citywide request,” according to WFAA, meaning any available officer has been called to assist in searching for the gunman. Officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also are assisting. The gunman is still at large.

Neighbors report there are police helicopters in the area, and police officers are going door-to-door searching for the shooter.

We will update this story as soon as more information is available.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.