Nurse shot, killed at Jefferson Hospital, 2 officers injured in shooting, suspect in custody, police say – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A nursing assistant was shot and killed early Monday morning at Jefferson Hospital in Center City. Police say the suspect, a 55-year-old man wearing scrubs, shot a 43-year-old male nursing assistant on the 9th floor of the hospital just after midnight.

Police say the suspect worked at the hospital as a nursing assistant, but it is still unknown how the two knew each other. The suspect was able to enter the hospital armed because he had access to certain areas as an employee, police said. He was wearing body armor and was armed with multiple weapons, including an AR-15.

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Police say they believe the shooting was a targeted incident.

Shortly after the shooting, the suspect drove off in a U-Haul truck. Police were notified of a man brandishing a large gun, and they later found the suspect and the truck near Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia.

When police arrived, authorities said the gunman and police got into a shootout in a wooded area near School of the Future on the 4000 block of Parkside Avenue.

Two officers were shot dead in the incident. One who was hit in the elbow requires surgery, while the other sustains a facial abrasion. They are both in stable condition.

The suspect was hit in the upper body and neck and is in critical condition, according to police.

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“When the officers got there, four of our 16th district officers found the man,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “The man who was the gunman fired at the officers and four of the officers returned fire. We found out that he was wearing body armor and carrying multiple weapons in addition to the long gun, which was believed to be an AR-15. He also carried some sort of pistol, a semi-automatic pistol.”

Mayor Jim Kenney arrived at Penn Presbyterian, but he did not speak to the media.

This is the second active gunman since Friday when a man walked into a North Philadelphia office and shot another man.

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