A nurse shot dead a colleague at a Philadelphia hospital early Monday before escaping and being shot in an exchange of gunfire with police that injured two officers, authorities said.
The 55-year-old nurse was wearing scrubs when he shot her colleague on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson Teaching Hospital just after midnight, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told a press conference early on morning. The 43-year-old certified nursing assistant who was shot was later pronounced dead.
The gunman fled in a box truck, and police were alerted to his location near a school and found him in a bulletproof vest and armed with weapons including a rifle and semi-handgun. automatic, police said. He opened fire and four policemen fired back, seriously injuring his upper body and neck, police said.
Police said one of the injured officers had an elbow injury requiring surgery while another scratched his nose. Neither injury was considered life threatening.
Jefferson Health issued a statement Monday afternoon saying it does not allow guns on its campuses and has “comprehensive and consistent safety measures and processes in place to keep our patients safe,” students, staff and visitors “.
“Safety and security is a top priority for Jefferson. A thorough review will take place to ensure best practices in our security protocols for all Jefferson facilities, ”the statement said. He added that advice will be available to all employees and patients and officials cooperating with law enforcement.
Mayor Jim Kenney said in Twitter posts that he visited the injured officers Monday morning “to thank them for their heroic work and wish them a speedy recovery.”
“Their quick response to find the aggressor prevented this situation from worsening any further,” he said, praising the police and first responders while denouncing “far too powerful weapons being in the hands of people who should not have access to it.