Audio captured by a KCAL-TV reporter following the search for a former LAPD officer sought in the killings of three people stunned live viewers and listeners across the country on Tuesday.
“I’ve never heard anything like that on the radio in all my years,” said KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, who has been on the air in the Seattle area for 20 plus years.
KCAL-TV reporter Carter Evans was live on-air broadcasting from the Angelus Oaks area along Highway 38 reporting he heard gunfire in his vicinity.
Gunfire erupted in what sounded to be very close proximity to Evans. The noise of the gunbattle was broadcast by the station, as Evans suddenly found himself near the fight. Someone could be heard yelling at Evans to get out of the area.
The station rolled live with the coverage as Evans left the speakerphone audio feed open. Loud gunshots could be heard clearly.
“In a time when we expect all of our news coverage to be real time, even by that standard, I’ve never heard anything like that on the radio,” said Monson, after the incident.
Veteran KIRO Radio Reporter Ursula Reutin says she’s never heard anything like it either.
“I got to tell you my heart sank,” says Reutin.
KCAL-TV reports Evans made it out of the incident OK and is safe.