The police emergency "911" telephone line received nine calls reporting the stabbing of Brian Watkins in a subway station last summer, including one in which his hysterical mother cried, "There is blood everywhere."
A recording of Karen Watkins' call was broadcast this week by WNYW Channel 5 on its "Fox News at Seven." In it, Mrs. Watkins reports her son's stabbing at 10:17 p.m. on Sept. 2:Watkins: You have to hurry - they stabbed him in the heart, he's dying - in the heart! Where are we at? 53rd and what? 53rd and Seventh.
Operator: All right, ma'am. Is he still conscious right now?
Watkins: What? I can't hear you!
Operator: Is he awake?
Watkins: No, he's not. He's unconscious. He is just barely breathing on his own.
Operator: All right, ma'am. We have the call in the computer right now, ma'am.
Watkins: OK. They better be here before - or he's going to be dead. There is blood everywhere.
Operator: Ma'am, take a cloth or towel and try to stop the bleeding.
Watkins: You have to hurry. The police are here but hurry with the ambulance. Hurry!
Operator: Ma'am, ma'am, ma'am. They are already on their way right now, ma'am.
Watkins: OK. All right. Fine. What do you want me to do? They're taking him now. I've got to go. Bye.
An ambulance arrived about three minutes after Karen Watkins made the call, according to Channel 5. Watkins' parents have sued the city for $100 million for the death of their son, who was stabbed after he tried to defend his family from a gang of muggers.