Hospital shooting in Alabama wounds staff, police

Two hospital staff members and one police officer were injured

St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., is reviewing safety procedures after a gunman over the weekend shot two hospital staff members and a police officer.

St. Vincent's went into "code silver"—which meant that there was an armed person in the building—just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, and the hospital called 9-1-1.

Jason Letts opened fire with a handgun as he exited the fifth-floor elevator, wounding a police officer and two hospital staff members. A second police officer returned fire and fatally shot Letts, police say. 

The three wounded in the shooting were taken to another hospital to be treated. The injuries were not life-threatening.

At a press conference on Saturday, Liz Moore, St. Vincent's vice president of communications and marketing, said that staff followed the prescribed safety procedures, but the hospital will review those procedures "in great detail."

The hospital employs unarmed security guards and requires all visitors entering through the ED to walk through a metal detector. At night, access to patients is even more limited, according to Moore.

"We'll be relying on our experts to help make some suggestions for how we can offer a safe and secure environment for our patients and visitors," Moore said (Oliver, Birmingham News, 12/15; Watkins, Birmingham News, 12/15; WBRC, 12/16).

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