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Wife's 911 Call in Mall Carjacking: 'We Called an Ambulance a Half an Hour Ago'

Ambulance took 18 minutes to arrive at scene, and then couldn't immediately reach victim because of parking garage's low ceiling entrance, report said.

It may have taken EMS personnel about 30 minutes to reach a Hoboken attorney who was fatally shot in the head in a parking garage at The Mall at Short Hills last month, according to new information released Monday.

As Dustin Friedland, 30, lay dying in an upper level of a parking garage near Nordstrom shortly after 9 p.m. Dec. 15, his wife, Jamie, frantically urged a 911 dispatcher to send help, according to recordings obtained Monday by The Star-Ledger.

"Yes this is an emergency. I'm at the Short Hills mall parking lot. My husband has been shot," Friedland screamed to the dispatcher. "We called an ambulance a half an hour ago. Where is it?"

According to Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber, the ambulance arrived at the mall 18 minutes after the initial call was made, The Star-Ledger reported. However, the ambulance was unable to reach Friedland because of the low ceiling at the entrance to the parking garage, the chief told The Star-Ledger.

Emergency responders ultimately rolled a stretcher up the ramp of the garage to the level Friedland was shot. Friedland died at Morristown Medical Center at 11:45 p.m. that night.

Authorities initially released last week just one 911 call from the night of the shooting. That call was made by a man who identified himself as an AT&T employee who said he didn't witness the shooting and couldn't provide details to the dispatcher.

A green Chevy Suburban was seen fleeing the parking garage shortly after the shooting and carjacking of Friedland's Range Rover that led authorities to four Essex County men who have been charged with the killing.

Attorneys for Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, and Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, all of Newark, entered not guilty pleas last week before Judge Peter J. Vazquez.

All four men have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy and weapons possession.       
Lawyer1 January 15, 2014 at 09:25 AM
New Jersey 12...........and yet another car-jacking in Short Hills Today. Yup, your safe in Short Hills Mrs. Haimoff. People need to face reality here in NJ, the police can not protect you. Your defenseless targets on the street and in your home for these Hold-up men. Demand your 2A Rights and CCL here in NJ and train to protect yourself...it's only getting worse.
Lawyer1 January 15, 2014 at 09:34 AM
And how about this from Channel 4 News... Officials in New Jersey have warned drivers about the growing number of carjackings in Essex County. One recent victim told NBC 4 New York Tuesday his thieves are still targeting him weeks after he was carjacked in Newark, taking out credit cards in his name and using his personal information for fraud. Officials in New Jersey have warned drivers about the growing number of carjackings in Essex County. One recent victim told NBC 4 New York Tuesday his thieves are still targeting him weeks after he was carjacked in Newark, taking out credit cards in his name and using his personal information for fraud. We are targets........do something to help yourselves and your loved ones.
Jerseyjam January 18, 2014 at 02:20 PM
The strictest gun laws in the country certainly saved this man didn't they?
Lisa Houston January 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM
This is why i don`t park in these garages you don`t know who you`re going to run into, park out in the open and close to the mall as possible. Look around carefully to see anyone strange and have your keys in hand when going to your car.
Marge Teilhaber January 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM
This is heart-wrenching and so awful. And shameful. This is the first time ever that an ambulance needed to get into that parking garage ever? Unbelievable.

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