BRAWLEY — For the doctors and nurses at Pioneers Memorial Hospital here, dealing with injuries among the crowds that fill the Imperial Sand Dunes for holiday weekends is nothing new.
They prepare for it each year. They expect to deal with a large number of cases. That's how it has been for years.
This year was different. Not only were there more cases, staffers who work in the hospital's emergency room said this holiday weekend was more violent than most they have experienced.
For one, there was a shooting — something staffers said they did not recall from the past.
In addition, two people were stabbed and others were injured in different confrontations in the dunes, including a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger struck purposely by the vehicle of a man reportedly trying to evade arrest.