Four people were taken to the hospital today after a man walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Rosa and discharged pepper spray, Santa Rosa Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Basque said. At about 10:30 a.m. the fire department received a call for medical aid at the DMV at 2570 Corby Ave. Moments later, the call was upgraded to a “multi-casualty” incident, Basque said, and fire officials were told that someone had walked into the lobby and discharged pepper spray or Mace. When firefighters arrived, they found 50 to 60 people who had been evacuated from the building.
Paramedics spoke with everyone who was present and evaluated nine people who may have come into contact with the irritant. Four of those people were transported to local hospitals for further evaluation and treatment of irritation to their eyes and respiratory systems, Basque said. There did not appear to be any residual contamination at the DMV, but the building remained closed while the California Highway Patrol investigated. The fire department cleared the scene by about 11:30 a.m., Basque said. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
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