City of Odessa: Beto absolutely wrong; There was no ambulance shortage after the mass shooting

City of Odessa: Beto absolutely wrong; There was no ambulance shortage after the mass shooting
Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Source: David J. Phillip)

Odessa, Texas (KOSA) - At last night's Democratic debate in Houston, presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke made a bold claim to the world about what happened in Odessa the day of the mass shooting:

"I am if it is a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield; if they high impact high velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.

When we see that being used against children and in Odessa I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time. Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."

The claim that there weren't enough ambulances is false, according to information given to CBS7 by the City of Odessa.

The Odessa Fire Department arrived at Freedom Buick GMC Truck on 42nd Street 7 minutes and 21 seconds after Leilah Hernandez and her brother Nathan were reported shot to 911, according to the city.

An ambulance arrived about a minute later.

We're told that all 9 ambulances and 8 fire trucks in Odessa were scrambled two Saturdays ago after the shooting started. Plus the City of Midland Fire and Rescue sent many over to assist.

The city does admit that because it was a holiday weekend, it had a limited number of 911 operators working that day and that it took awhile for callers to get through.

We have reached out to the Beto O'Rourke campaign this morning for a comment.

In a post on the CBS7 News Facebook page under this story, Joanna Leyva, Leilah's mother, disputes the city's information.

She writes, "Cbs 7 and to the city thats a lie and i have proof since i was calling 911 and my call wasnt going through i have the calls where it shows the times that i was calling and since they got there..it was no 7 minutes and nobody knows not even the city because they were not there at the time but my family and I."

We messaged Mrs. Leyva back and invited her to share her side of this story with us. We haven’t heard back from her.

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