Just before 10:30 a.m. today, San Angelo Police personnel were dispatched to the 3700 block of Bowie Street to assist the Fire Department on a medical call related to a bee attack near a business.
Upon arrival, police observed a man in the parking lot of Blackie's Convenience Store, 3702 Bowie Street, being attacked by a swarm of bees. San Angelo Fire Department personnel arrived and sprayed a solution of water and soap on the man in an attempt to subdue the swarm while others carried the man to safety. The victim, a 60-year-old San Angelo resident, was transported to Shannon Medical center for treatment and is said to be in stable condition. The man had been mowing grass at the location before the attack occurred.
Police and fire department personnel attempted to locate the hive but were not successful. Officer J. Russell, one of the first officers on scene, learned more bees were located inside a store restroom that was not open to the public. Upon inspection, Officer Russell located hundreds of bees on the floor and inside the sink and toilet; however, most of the bees were dead.
Three women who attempted to help the man during the attack were also stung. Two of those women, ages 36 and 57, were reportedly treated at the scene by medics. The third woman, age 38, went to a nearby hospital by private vehicle. Several firefighters who were stung during the rescue attempt also received treatment at the scene.
Crime Scene Investigations also responded to the scene to collect evidence and photograph the bees.
The City's Office of Code Enforcement has been notified about the location. A bee specialist has been called in to determine the species and assess the issue. The store's owner reportedly shut the business down for the remainder of the afternoon for safety reasons.
There is no other information at this time.