Authorities said a nurse at Philadelphia hospital fatally shot a coworker early Monday morning, fled the scene, and was shot in a gunfight with police, in which two officers were wounded.
The gunman was wearing scrubs when he shot and killed a nursing assistant at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital early Monday, according to police.
According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, the 55-year-old nurse was wearing scrubs when he shot his coworker on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shortly after midnight.
The coworker, a 43-year-old certified nursing assistant, was shot six times and was pronounced dead later. According to Outlaw, it was unclear what prompted the shooting, and investigators were looking into the backgrounds of both men at the time. The shooting, according to police, was premeditated.
The gunman fled the hospital in a U-Haul box truck after the shooting. A passerby near a school alerted four officers to the suspect’s location a short time later. According to Outlaw, officers noticed him wearing body armor and carrying several weapons, including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun.
According to the commissioner, the gunman opened fire on the officers, and all four returned fire. Two officers were struck, one with an elbow injury that will necessitate surgery and the other with a nose graze. The suspect had been shot in the upper body and neck and was in critical condition, but he was expected to survive. The officers’ injuries were not life-threatening.