One person is dead and another injured after a gunman opened fire on Wednesday night at UAB Hospital-Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. The gunman later took his own life.
According to the New York Times, police officers just before 7 p.m. Wednesday responded to calls of an active shooter at the hospital. Officers upon arrival found two men with gunshot wounds and a third who had shot and killed himself, according to authorities. Police said one victim was treated at the hospital and that the other was transported to UAB's main hospital, about 1 mile away.
One victim deceased; the other stable, UAB says
One victim, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead about 10 p.m. UAB Hospital SVP of Inpatient Services Anthony Patterson said the victim was a UAB Hospital system employee.
In an email to employees late Wednesday, Patterson wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce to you this evening the passing of one of our colleagues." He continued, "We ask that you please join us in prayer for these families, those who work where the incident occurred, and those who were immediately on the scene, including the first responders who acted so heroically under extremely difficult circumstances."
The second victim, whose identity also has not yet been released, is in stable condition, according to UAB.
Lt. Peter Williston said police were looking into whether the gunman was a hospital employee.
All surgeries scheduled for Thursday at UAB Hospital-Highlands have been cancelled. According to the hospital system, all other UAB locations will operate at their usual times (Haag, New York Times, 3/15; Lynch/Sutton, CNN, 3/15; Robinson, AL.com, 3/14; Fowler/Stein, ABC News, 3/14)
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