Gunner kills person in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, shoots 2 Philadelphia police officers before arrest: Police
At around 12:08 p.m. Monday, police received calls from Jefferson Hospital on 11th and Chestnut Streets in Center City regarding a report of a shooter on the ninth floor.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw spoke to reporters just after 4:20 a.m. outside Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where the suspect and the two officers were arrested.
Outlaw said the victim was a 43-year-old certified nursing assistant. He was pronounced dead shortly after he was shot at Jefferson Hospital.
The police commissioner said a 55-year-old Certified Nursing Assistant at Jefferson fatally shot an employee. Police found the shooter in Parkside after a passerby saw a man with a long gun and stopped the police. pic.twitter.com/9aTOxKvxqr
– Katherine Scott (@ KScott6abc) October 4, 2021
The commissioner said it was not clear if the suspect was working at the time, but entered the hospital in a smock. He may have accessed areas that only employees can enter, Outlaw said.
The police are investigating the history between the suspect and the shooter.
“We believe other employees were attacked,” said Outlaw. “We don’t know the reasons for this at the moment.”
Action News got the police calls as the workplace shootings unfolded.
“In Jefferson, ninth floor, says an employee was shot. Be warned, we have an active rifleman at Jefferson Hospital. It will be on the ninth floor. You have a man in a smock and a mask. nine west, “said the broadcast.
Police said the suspect, who is also a certified nurse, escaped in a U-Haul truck. A manhunt began across town for the suspect.
Outlaw said that at around 1:25 p.m., about an hour after the shooting, officials from 16. It is about four miles from Jefferson Hospital.
“The report said there was a man in smocks with a gun or long gun who might have fired shots in the air or only had one gun,” said Outlaw.
According to the commissioner, arriving officers met the male suspect, who then shot them.
Four of the officers returned fire.
Two officers were hit by the gunfire.
A 30-year-old officer was hit in the right elbow. He is in critical but stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Outlaw said he needed an operation.
A 32-year-old officer was punched in the nose and is in stable condition in Penn Presbyterian.
Both officers, who have each served six years, are expected to survive.
The other two officers who fired their weapons were not hit by gunfire.
The suspect was hit in the torso and neck, Outlaw said.
“We learned that he was wearing body armor and multiple weapons. In addition to the long weapon that was believed to be an AR-15, he also carried some sort of semi-automatic handgun,” said Outlaw.
The suspect was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition but is expected to survive.
“So we believe we have no other outstanding gunmen or suspects from Jefferson Hospital (incident). We’re not looking for anyone else right now and that’s all we know, ”said Outlaw.
The 48th and Parkside crime scene area will remain closed, the commissioner said as investigators wait for daylight to continue looking for additional evidence. The action cam showed an officer looking at the crime scene through the U-Haul truck.
This is the Uhaul that the gunman fled to from Jefferson University Hospital after police claimed he shot his colleague. The Crime Scene Unit is still here in Parkside. pic.twitter.com/ZVoRx83cyP
– Katherine Scott (@ KScott6abc) October 4, 2021
The identity of the victim and suspect at Jefferson Hospital has not yet been disclosed.
Shootings in the workplace
This comes days after a fatal shootout in an office building in the Logan neighborhood of the city. The victim, 25-year-old security officer Nassir Day, was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Day worked at Pathways to Housing, which provides services to the homeless.
Police found the suspect, 59-year-old Wayne John Dorylis, armed with a large knife and took him into custody without incident.
“What can I say about this happening in such a short amount of time? The good news is that we both have suspects in custody,” said Outlaw.
She continued, “When you think about it, this is something you would normally see in a movie or a TV series than it could have been.”
Outlaw was supported by officials, detectives, families, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney outside the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
This morning another active shooter in our city took someone’s life. My thoughts are with the victim’s family and our four brave ones @ PPD16Dist Police officers – 2 of them were shot and wounded while arresting the suspect. Your selflessness and bravery saved lives. pic.twitter.com/IbWH1h5dP1
– Danielle M. Outlaw (@PPDCommish) October 4, 2021
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