A Philadelphia hospital nursing assistant wearing scrubs and body armor shot dead a colleague inside the medical facility early Monday and injured two police officers, officials said.
The suspected killer was carrying a range of weapons, including an AR-15-like assault-style rifle, which police shot in his upper body and neck. The Commissioner of Police said that his condition is critical and there is a possibility of his survival.
The suspect, a 55-year-old who entered Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City that only staff could access, fatally shot a 43-year-old fellow certified nursing assistant on the ninth floor and then locked in a Diya U-Haul Van, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference later on Monday.
A motive for the attack was unclear, Outlaw said. Neither the victim nor the suspect was publicly identified.
Outlaw said that about an hour after the murder, police spotted the suspect, who opened fire on four responding officers, wounding two of them. All four returned with fire.
An officer, whose age is said to be 30, was shot in his right elbow and was in critical but stable condition. Another 32-year-old officer was shot in the nose and was in a stable condition. Outlaw said both were expected to survive.
“It’s still really early. We’re going through the history of the deceased, obviously, to figure out what was going on between them, and we’re also looking at the history of the shooter,” Outlaw said.
“We believe the other employee was targeted,” she said.