Kim O'Connor(CINCINNATI) -- For the young boy who crawled over a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and fell into an enclosure with a 450-pound gorilla, it was a fateful 10 minutes that ended with the gorilla being killed and the boy being rescued without life-threatening injuries. But the debate over Harambe the gorilla's interactions with the boy and why the 17-year-old ape had to be shot continues to polarize opinions after Saturday's incident.
"You see [video] clips, you might not see everything that happened," Thane Maynard, director of Cincinnati Zoo, said Monday. "There are quotes directly from [the] Cincinnati fire department in their official report, this child was being dragged around. His head was banging on concrete. This was not a gentle thing. The child was at risk. We're very fortunate that he's okay."
Here's what happened inside that enclosure during the approximately 10-minute ordeal, based on accounts from the zoo director, a witness, video clips, 911 call logs, police records and fire officials.
3:52 p.m.: Over the Barrier and Into the Moat
At 3:52 p.m. Saturday, someone called police to report that a baby had fallen into a gorilla moat, according to police call records.
Maynard said the child "went over the barrier and then through the bushes and into the moat."
"It's about 15 feet down into a foot-and-a-half of water. So, he must be a tough little kid because that's a lot to do right there. He was splashing around in the water," he said.
3:54 p.m.: Harambe Takes Notice
At 3:54 p.m., the boy's parent reported a gorilla standing over the child in the gorilla moat.
"The little boy, once he fell, I don't think the gorilla even knew that he was in there until he heard him splashing in the water," witness Brittany Nicely told ABC News, explaining that zoogoers' screams drew more attention.
Maynard said, "Naturally, the visitors -- it was a crowded day, we had over 7,000 people in the zoo, they were reacting and Harambe noticed that."
"On seeing him, he [Harambe] went down," Maynard said. "He went into the water with him, swished him around in the water some, mostly by the ankle and then decided he needed to take him up onto the land."
Nicely told ABC News "The gorilla rushed the boy, but did not hit the boy. ... He almost was guarding the boy, was protecting him."
"The gorilla wasn't hitting him, wasn't hurting him. He was curious. He was checking him out," she said.
From 3:56:05 to 3:56:33, callers reported the gorilla dragging the child around the pen; the gorilla holding the child on top of the rocks; and the gorilla swinging the child back and forth on top of the rocks.
Video obtained by ABC News shows the gorilla dragging the small boy through the water in the enclosure.
At 3:56 p.m., a call asked for medical response to a service gate to the zoo.
4:00 p.m.: The Shooting and Rescue
A call came into police at 3:59 p.m. reporting units responding.
When fire department personnel arrived at the enclosure, "they witnessed a gorilla who was violently dragging and throwing the child," the fire department said in its report.
At 4:00 p.m., there was a report to police about trying to tranquilize the gorilla to get to the child, and at 4:01 p.m. was the much-awaited call reporting the child was safe, rescued and being transported.
A Cincinnati Zoo employee shot the gorilla with a rifle when the child was in between his legs, and zoo employees then unlocked the gate and firefighters quickly retrieved the child, the fire department reported. The boy was hospitalized and later released.
"When it was determined that the child was being injured, not potentially injured but was being injured both down in the moat and up on the ground, we had to make a decision to shoot him and we did," Maynard said Monday. "We stand by our decision and we’d make the same call today."
The boy's family said in a statement Sunday that he "is home and doing just fine."
The Cincinnati Police Department is investigating the circumstances that led up to the child falling into the enclosure.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden(CINCINNATI) -- The shooting death of an endangered silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday to rescue a toddler who had fallen into the enclosure has garnered national outrage from animal rights activists and citizens concerned about zoo safety.
On Tuesday prosecutors from Hamilton County, Ohio, said that the Cincinnati Police Department will look into the incident for possible criminal charges.
"The incident at the Cincinnati Zoo involving the young child who fell into the gorilla enclosure is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in a statement Tuesday. "Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges. When the investigation and review are complete, we will update the media."
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
Animal protection group Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) argued Tuesday in a press release that the Cincinnati Zoo is responsible for the child's entering the enclosure and the resulting the death of the gorilla. The group launched a complaint to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the service, told ABC News Tuesday that it inspects facilities on average once a year but may inspect them more frequently if they have repeat noncompliance issues or a complaint is received.
The most recent APHIS report on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens took place on April 7, 2016, and stated, "No noncompliant items identified during this inspection."
According to the USDA's Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations, a perimeter fence for an outdoor housing facility for nonhuman primates "must be constructed so that it protects nonhuman primates by restricting unauthorized humans and animals the size of dogs, skunks and raccoons from going through it or under it and having contact with the nonhuman primates."
Espinosa added that, at this point, the APHIS does not have an investigation open into the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo but that "we will be looking into this incident to determine whether there were any Animal Welfare Act noncompliances that contributed." The SAEN complaint is the only one the USDA has received about the incident so far.
iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland really wants you to know that it will be safe and prepared to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in July.
City officials unveiled a "preparedness plan" on Tuesday to show how they plan to secure the large-scale event, touting the work they are doing in collaboration with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and saying they're "all in" -- a nod to the phrase made popular by the city's finals-bound professional basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"We are prepared," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said during the press conference. "We have done our due diligence in many different ways."
Several officials from Cleveland's public safety department also spoke, including representatives from emergency medical services, fire and rescue, communications, corrections, and emergency management. Federal agencies will also be involved in securing the RNC, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is also providing training for all security personnel.
"I think you're going to be blown away by the amount of hours that have been put into training," Assistant Director of Public Safety Edward Eckart said.
Cleveland's "preparedness plan" includes training in 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendment rights, crisis management, intelligence gathering and emergency management. There will be police officers on foot patrol, bike patrol, motorcycle patrol and mounted patrol.
The Secret Service is the lead agency in charge of the "Hard Zone" within the Quicken Loans Arena area, where presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will address a crowd of thousands. Though officials can't say where the "Hard Zone" begins or ends, Cleveland's Chief of Police Calvin Williams said, “If you can see Quicken Loans Arena and throw a baseball at it, you’re in the Hard Zone."
As ABC News reported last week, some out-of-state police departments had expressed concern over a lack of workers' compensation insurance for officers should they be injured while on the job in Cleveland. Cleveland officials finally acknowledged this Tuesday, saying that per Ohio law, Cleveland cannot provide workers' compensation insurance to officers from outside jurisdictions, so out-of-state officers will have to retain insurance from their home state.
“If any state has any questions about that, they were informed about that months ago,” said Rick Horvath, Cleveland’s chief corporate counsel.
Williams would not confirm the number of departments involved, saying that he was not allowed to say, but he said that “thousands” of officers would be in Cleveland during the RNC despite the lack of workers' compensation insurance. And he insisted they will be ready, refuting rumors of “unpreparedness" and saying his office sent many letters of solicitation to various police departments all over the country and that they have hundreds of departments offering to help. These officers will be working in unison with Cleveland police. They will be provided with housing and meals during their stay, paid for by the $50 million federal grant Cleveland received to cover RNC costs, Williams said.
“The key to this whole thing is that all officers coming in from outside agencies will be supervised by the Cleveland Division of Police,” Williams said. “Our partner agencies know where they are staying, know what to bring, and know their assignments.” He also said all arrests will be made by Cleveland police officers and not by officers from other jurisdictions, though all officers will have "leeway" if there is immediate violence.
Some officers will also be equipped with body cameras during the RNC, and none will be wearing military-style clothing unless the city dictates it in the case of civilian unrest. If so, body cameras will not be a requirement because they don't fit on the protective clothing, so the city will dispatch a "video unit" that will be charged with recording police interactions.
Eckart said the goal of the video unit is to ensure full disclosure is met, saying "we want to be able to document everything" in order to be "a total open book in reporting all of the action going on in the community during this event."
Deputy Chief of Police Edward Tomba says Cleveland will administer "swift, appropriate, constitutional" action to mitigate any disruptions.
"We're not going to stand for lawlessness," Tomba said.
There will also be medical teams in place to provide treatment for injuries on site, and ambulances will also be available to transport patients to area hospitals. In the case that Cleveland runs out of jail space, Cleveland's Division of Corrections is under contract with Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties for additional jail beds and they will also help with booking and processing. Inmates will also have access to 24-hour inmate care in case of medical emergencies.
And RNC officials are backing Cleveland, telling ABC News that the convention will be a safe environment.
"Cleveland will be secure, our lead agencies are the Secret Service and the city of Cleveland and they have been working tirelessly with our federal, state and local partners to plan ahead of the convention so we have a safe and productive event for convention-goers and guests," RNC Communications Director Kirsten Kukowski said.
Despite all the planning and training for worst-case scenarios, Cleveland officials say they are excited for the opportunity to have the world's eyes on the city of Cleveland.
"We are not looking at this as a negative," Tomba said. "This is a positive for our city. We will be prepared, we are prepared, and we are trained."
Santa Monica Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to slip a drug into a woman's drink before he was thwarted by three Good Samaritans appeared in a Los Angeles court Tuesday after he was charged with two felonies, authorities said.
Michael Roe Chien Hsu was arraigned on charges of felony administering a drug and felony assault with intent to commit a sex crime, according to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Oksana Sigal.
Hsu pleaded not guilty to the charges and was issued a protective order against the alleged victim by the judge. He must also turn over his passport within 48 hours and was required to turn in his pilot license.
His bail was originally set at $1 million, but it was reduced to $350,000 in court. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.
The case gained national attention after three friends at a Santa Monica hotel said they noticed a man acting "pretty suspicious" after his female companion at a nearby table left to go to the restroom Thursday during happy hour.
“I thought he was trying to lace her drink,” Monica Kenyon told ABC News. “He for sure dropped something into her drink.”
One of the women then went to the restroom to alert the woman, who replied that he was one of her "best friends," according to Kenyon.
When another woman alerted the restaurant's staff, the manager called police after reviewing the restaurant's security footage.
In a Facebook post, Sonia Ulrich wrote a detailed account of the alleged events, accompanied by a photo of the three women in a Charlie's Angel pose with the caption: "Don't roofie someone on our watch." "Roofie" is slang for a sedative associated with date rape. The post has been shared more than 115,000 times.
Ulrich wrote that after the incident, restaurant patrons continued to approach their table to share their gratitude and tell stories about people close to them who have been date-raped.
“I really wanted people to know that if they say something, it can make a difference,” Ulrich wrote.
iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Texas) -- Several rivers in Southeastern Texas are experiencing major and even record flooding on roadways and homes after receiving almost 20 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend.
This morning, the Brazos River at Richmond rose to more than 52 feet of and is expected to crest at 53.5 feet by Tuesday night -- more than 3 feet above record flood stage.
The Brazos River near Rosharon is not yet in a major flooding stage, 51.3 feet, but is expected to reach it by 11 p.m. Tuesday night The river will continue to rise and crest on Thursday.
Video posted on YouTube by the Rosenberg Police Department shows the water from the Brazos River also reaching the height of the bridge used to cross it. Another shot shows the waters spilling over barriers onto a roadway, while several other images show entire neighborhood streets and the homes that line them flooded.
Powers lines looked as if they were in danger of toppling over from the flooding on the Brazos River. A video posted to Twitter shows the Texas National Guard assisting in search and rescues on the river.
Another river, The Trinity River in Liberty, Texas was at 26.7 feet around 11 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to stay in major flood stage, or 29 feet, all week. The record flood level at the Trinity River is 31 feet.
The Colorado River at Wharton, Texas crests Tuesday, rising to 46.5 feet around 11 a.m., although this river is quickly receding. The record flood level for the Colorado River at that point is 51.9 feet.
Flood warnings have been issued in several areas around eastern Texas, but in the next few days the area is not expecting heavy rain, which will stay in central and western Texas and the southern plains. About 13 million Americans from Texas to Arkansas could see severe storms through the afternoon and evening. But, the main threat will be damaging winds and scattered hail.
Parts of Texas have seen their wettest May on record. Austin Bergstrom has gotten more than 15 inches of rain this month, with more than half of the rainfall occurring on Friday alone.
Six people have died in floods along the Brazos. More than three dozen people were rescued from homes in low-lying neighborhoods in Simonton between late Sunday and Monday reports said. Simonton, home to less than 1,000 people, was issued a mandatory evacuation Saturday.
On Sunday, Rosenberg mayor Cynthia McConathy declared a state of disaster for the town and ordered its residents to evacuate. According to a 2010 census, 31,676 people live in the area.
Aerial shots over Rosenberg show the extent of the damage the flooding has done to homes in the area.
Kim O'Connor(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) -- One of the zookeepers who raised the gorilla shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday said the loss of the animal was "no different than losing a family member that was very close to you."
Jerry Stones, the facilities director for the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, the birthplace of Harambe, told ABC affiliate KRGV-TV in Rio Grande Valley, Texas that he was there for Harambe's birth and raised him like a child.
"We hand-raised him. I took him home at night with me," Stones said. "You know, you get up at midnight and change the diaper, just like you would a human baby. When I took this baby home, I was totally responsible. You become 'Mom,' they look at you just like a human baby."
Stones described the 400-pound endangered animal as "very intelligent" and "very inquisitive."
"I raised I don't know how many baby gorillas, but he was memorable because he was so intelligent. He showed a positive attitude as far as leadership. He nurtured his siblings, he would carry them around. That was one of the reasons I pushed for him to go to Cincinnati, so that he could have a family."
Stones said he could not speak of the incident in Cincinnati that ended in the death of his beloved gorilla because he was not there, but that when he heard the news it was a blow to his heart.
"It's like losing a family member, it tore me up. I was very close to him. His whole life, I was with him."
The Gladys Porter Zoo has set up the Harambe Fund, in memory of their beloved silver-back, to raise money for gorilla conservation efforts. According to a statement on the Texas zoo's website, the word "harambee," means to "pull together" in Swahili.
"This is a chance for Harambe to help his family, even after his death." Stones said, "We're hoping that people with a negative attitude or a bunch of anger can turn that anger inward and help him."
The Gladys Porter Zoo posted pictures of Harambe on their Instagram page about two years ago, when they were preparing to send him to Cincinnati.
Courtesy of Dionisio Garza III's family(HOUSTON) -- After a 25-year-old veteran was identified by ABC station KTRK-TV as the alleged gunman behind a deadly shooting in west Houston, the young man's devastated stepmother told ABC News, "I think he was haunted by everything he experienced" in Afghanistan.
Police have not confirmed the identity of the shooter, who also died in the shooting, but KTRK-TV in Houston reported that a source identified the suspect as veteran Dionisio Garza III.
The Army confirmed to ABC News that Garza was deployed to Afghanistan twice between 2009 and 2013 and that he was discharged in 2014.
Garza's stepmother, Cathy Garza, told ABC News she thinks he might have had post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I think he was haunted by everything he experienced there. I think it changes you," she said. "I don't know how you can go through what he went through and see what he saw and not have it change you or affect you."
The shooting spree on Sunday left one victim dead and six people injured.
The stepmother said the 25-year-old was kind, loving and respectful, and that nothing seemed out of the ordinary the last time she saw him.
"We're devastated," Cathy Garza said. "I can't help but think of all the families that were affected by this."
"It just wasn't him," she said. "That's not who he was."
iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Three children died and eight others were injured when an SUV carrying 11 people lost control and rolled over several times on a highway, officials told ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando.
The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. ET on I-95 northbound in Titusville, about 40 miles east of Orlando.
Authorities said three people under the age of 18 were killed, and six of eight people inside the SUV were taken to the hospital.
Troopers said they also found a child that had been ejected over the barrier. The child had minor injuries.
"You are talking an act of God at this point to find somebody ejected and still alive to where our first responders were able to locate them. It's a miracle," said Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Trooper Steven Montiero.
"When you don't have your seat belt on, it's a recipe for disaster. If something is going to go wrong, it's going to go wrong because you are not wearing your seat belt," Montiero added.
The names of those involved have not been released.
Authorities said a tire malfunction was the cause of the crash.
FHP said the driver won't be charged, but she could face some traffic citations, according to WFTV.
DigitalVision/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Days after a 450 pound gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed to protect the life of a 4-year-old boy who fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, Jack Hanna, the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, and the host of a series of television shows about wild animals, defended the decision to put down the animal.
"I’ve seen him take a green coconut, which you can’t bust open with a sledgehammer and squish it like this," Hanna told Good Morning America about Harambe, gesturing with his hand the ease with which gorillas can crush fruit. "You’re dealing with either human life or animal life here. So what is the decision? I think it’s very simple to figure that out."
A witness told ABC News that the gorilla was protecting the boy, who ultimately survived the encounter.
"The little boy, once he fell, I don't think the gorilla even knew that he was in there until he heard him splashing in the water," witness Brittany Nicely told ABC News on Sunday, explaining that zoogoers' screams drew more attention to the Saturday afternoon incident.
"The gorilla rushed the boy, but did not hit the boy," Nicely said. "He almost was guarding the boy, was protecting him."
Hanna argued that the boy would have been killed were it not for the intervention of the zoo employee who shot Harambe.
"I can tell you now, that there’s no doubt in my mind the child would not be here today if they hadn’t made that decision," Hanna said.
The death of Harambe has reignited a debate about zoos and their purpose. PETA, one of the world's most visible animal rights organizations, released a sharply-worded statement on its website condemning the death of Harambe, arguing that zoos fail to provide an adequate home for the "complex needs" of wild animals.
"Gorillas are self-aware. They love, laugh, sing, play, and grieve. Western lowland gorillas are gentle animals. They don’t attack unless they’re provoked," PETA said in its statement.
Hanna defended zoos, noting that they invest money in animal preservation.
"Remember something, no one loves gorillas more than the Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo and the zoo world," Hanna said. "We have given literally millions and millions of dollars to preserve these animals, both mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas."
ABC(CAPE COD, Mass.) -- A 22-year-old former college swimmer drowned during lifeguard tryouts near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Saturday night, according to authorities.
A graduate of the State University of New York-Cortland, Jack Jakubek was participating in a fitness test for lifeguards at Pilgrim Lake in Orleans, Massachusetts, when he went missing just before 9 a.m., according to the Orleans Fire-Rescue Department. He went under water while trying to swim to a buoy, ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV reported.
Several rescue teams responded to the scene, including a dive team, Massachusetts State Police and the United States Coast Guard. Jakubet was found off shore by divers at 9:23 a.m., and efforts to resuscitate him failed as he was brought back to shore by boat, the fire department said.
Jakubek was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. The Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office is investigating his death, according to the fire department. He had just graduated from SUNY Cortland two weeks before his death, WCVB reported.
Jakubek was formally the captain of the swim team at SUNY Cortland, WCVB reported. Jakubek's swim team coach at SUNY Cortland, Brian Tobin, praised his swimming skills and called him a "great teammate" who "everyone could rely on."
"He was a very good high school swimmer, and over the course of his four years here at Cortland, he continued to improve, progress. He had a tremendous work ethic," Tobin told WCVB.
After graduation, Jakubek had hoped to return to Cape Cod to work as a lifeguard, as he did last summer, WCVB reported.
Photodisc/Thinkstock(RIVERDALE, Md.) -- Vandals were caught on camera setting off fireworks on the front porch of a home in Riverdale, Maryland, setting it partially ablaze, the homeowner and the local fire department said.
The homeowner, Lavonia, who asked that her last name not be used for privacy reasons, told ABC News that the incident took place at 2 a.m. on Saturday, and they still do not know who set the fireworks off, or why. At least two men, who were shirtless, can be seen in the video lighting the fireworks before running away.
"We heard a very loud explosion," Lavonia told ABC News. "I ran towards the front of the house and saw a lot of smoke. I figured where there is smoke there is fire. When I opened the front door it was just blazing."
Lavonia said that the family just remodeled their home three years ago, and the damages from the fire on her home are severe.
Lavonia said she called 911 but that she and her family were mostly able to put the fire out themselves.
"When the fire department got here they said they couldn't touch it," Lavonia added. "They had to call the bomb squad."
Beth Reed, a neighbor and the vice president of the local community association told ABC News that she lives a block away and heard the blast.
"It sounded like a car exploded," Reed said. "We can't figure out why it was that house. Nothing like this has happened before."
"We have a very strong community and we look out for each other." Reed told ABC News. "The community association is standing with the homeowners, whatever they need."
The Prince George's County Fire Department said they are not releasing the size or type of the fireworks involved, and that all fireworks are illegal in Prince George's County.
"This is an example of the powerful destruction caused by fireworks. This is the main reason we have outlawed all fireworks in our County," Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the Prince George's County Fire Department told ABC News Monday. They are still seeking information on the suspects.
iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- It has been a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, and the holiday is not even over yet.
Weekend shootings across the city have left four people dead and nearly 50 wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Official numbers won’t be released until Tuesday, a Chicago Police Department spokesman told ABC News Monday.
A 15-year-old girl, identified as Veronica Lopez, was reportedly the youngest victim, shot while riding in a vehicle with a 28-year-old man around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Lake Shore Drive, according to the Tribune.
The Cook County medical examiner's office was closed Monday.
The police department said officers, in coordination with Illinois State Police, have been out in full force all weekend long.
The planning began last week.
"Beginning now, several thousand Chicago police will be deployed in uniform ... to make sure everybody has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend," Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a news conference Thursday. "Our message to those who wish to victimize neighborhoods with violence is that your actions will not be tolerated..."
As officials braced for a deadly weekend and, by extension, what’s projected to be one of the deadliest years ever, the department noted in its quarterly crime report that there were 133 reported homicides from January to March this year, compared with 77 last year at the same time, and 59 in 2014.
"You have some families here raised into violence," a Chicago resident who requested anonymity told ABC News Monday, adding that the troubling crime rate is partly "the result of not so good policing as far as finding the guns and where they come from."
Tio Hardimanm, former executive director of Chicago-based anti-violence organization Ceasefire Illinois, offered another analysis.
"You have guys who are getting into it about any and everything," Hardiman told ABC News last month after a similarly deadly weekend shooting spree, "and some young guys are trying to build a body count so that they can show everybody in their neighborhood that they are the toughest guy over there."
Police superintendent Johnson was handpicked for the job last month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said the 20-year Chicago police veteran was "everything the city needs."
Fifty-five people were shot, 12 fatally, in Memorial Day weekend shootings in 2015.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The electrical shocking of two people while swimming in outdoor pools this weekend has brought attention to potential safety risks that could arise this summer.
An 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania and a 34-year-old man from New Jersey are both in critical condition after suffering electrical shocks in outdoor pools this weekend, according to local police.
On Saturday, the 34-year-old man was shocked while swimming at the pool of the Aztec Motel in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, according to Detective Sergeant Edward Gorski of the Wildwood Crest Police Department. The man remains in critical condition at the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia.
The Fairlawn, New Jersey, man was "discovered unconscious at the bottom of the pool," the police department said in a statement, and the exact cause of the incident remains under investigation.
Adamo Pipitone, the owner of the motel, told ABC News that he is praying for the victim, and that this has never happened before at his motel. Pipitone said the motel is still trying to figure out what caused the electrical shock.
Gorski told ABC News Monday that he has never seen this happen before, adding that you should call 911 if you believe someone is being electrically shocked in a swimming pool.
On Sunday, an 8-year-old girl was left in critical condition after enduring an electric shock while swimming in a backyard pool, Sergeant Jared Huff of the Silver Spring Township Police Department told ABC News Monday. Eight kids were swimming in the pool, and one of the kids flipped the switch for the pool light, which may have caused the electrical shock, Huff said, though the exact cause is still unclear. The 8-year-old girls was the only one who was not able to get out of the pool, and she was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center, where Huff said she remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Both police departments emphasized that these were rare occurrences.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, if you think someone in the water is experiencing an electrical shock, immediately turn off all power and call 911. If you are in the water and think you are being shocked, immediately move away from the source of the shock and get out of the water, if possible exit without using a metal ladder.