Mandy Jenkins of Digital First Media tweeted her doubts: "Still pretty confused as to how a wounded man was dragged to CVS from the Navy Yard, it's at least 3 blocks away." Other questions remained, as well: Why was there no sign of blood? Would people have picked up and moved a gunshot victim to the ground on a concrete street corner?James Birdsall may hold some answers. Birdsall is a structural engineer at the Parsons Corporation, a firm with an office at 100 M St. SE in Washington, D.C. That's very close to the CVS in front of which the photos appear to have been taken. Some of his colleagues saw a woman in a violet shirt pull an injured man from her car. Birdsall, who called Poynter to share his story, said he saw that she was performing chest compressions on the man and noticed she didn't have an automated external defibrillator.
Birdsall grabbed his firm's AED "and ran over to help out," he said.
Birdsall was wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants Monday. He sent me a photo of himself after I requested one. His face isn't visible in the pictures. But his story casts doubt on easy conclusions about the photo's truth. (more...)