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A nurse at a Philadelphia hospital shot her colleague early Monday and fled the scene in a U-Haul truck before injuring two police officers, officials said.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference that the 55-year-old nurse, whose name was not immediately released, was wearing a scrub when she shot her coworker on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after midnight. killed.


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Investigators said the 43-year-old colleague, who was a certified nursing assistant, was shot six times. FOX29 Philadelphia reported. He was later declared dead.

Police said it was not clear what led to the shooting, but assumed the victim was targeted. Investigators are investigating the background of both the youths.

After being shot, the gunman fled the hospital in a U-Haul box truck. Police were informed about the suspect’s location about an hour later after a passerby waved to officers near a school.

About an hour after the shooting, the suspect started an encounter with four police officers.  Dozens of evidence markers were seen at the scene on Monday.

The robber said a passerby told officers that a man armed with a long gun was firing in the air.

Outlaw said four officers observed the suspect and found him wearing body armor and in possession of multiple weapons, including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun.

The commissioner said the gunman opened fire on the officers and the four retaliated. During the firing, the suspect fired 55 to 80 rounds. FOX29 reporter Steve Keeley tweeted.

Two officers were killed – one suffered an elbow wound that would have required surgery while the other was grazed on the nose. The officers’ wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Officers saw the suspect wearing body armor, and had a range of weapons, including rifles and semi-automatic handguns.  The suspect reportedly fired 55 to 80 rounds at the four responding police officers.

The accused had been shot in the upper body and neck. His condition was critical but there was hope of his survival.

Police are continuing the investigation of the firing.