Nurse wearing scrubs 'who shot dead co-worker at Philadelphia hospital was wearing BODY ARMOR and was armed with multiple weapons - including AR-15 assault rifle before fleeing in U-Haul truck and injuring two cops in gunfight'
A nurse wearing scrubs and body armor was detained after shooting dead a co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital, fleeing in a U-Haul truck and injuring two cops in a gun-fight. The 55-year-old nurse shot his co-worker on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after midnight on Monday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference. The co-worker, a 43-year-old man who was a certified nursing assistant, was later pronounced dead.Cops cornered the shooter in the city's Parkside section after he fled the Hospital in a U-Haul box truck. Armed with multiple weapons, including an AR-15 rifle and a handgun, police said, the the suspect opened fire on the officers, and all four fired back. Two officers received non-life-threatening injuries during the shootout.
The gunman was shot in the upper body and neck and was taken to Penn Presbyterian in critical condition for treatment, and is expected to survive. Police said they believe the shooting was targeted. Outlaw said it was unclear whether the nurse was working at the time of the shooting, but police believe he may had access to areas only employees can enter. The four officers managed to find the suspect at around 1.25am after they were alerted to his location by a passerby, who reported seeing a man waving a large gun near a school about four miles from Jefferson hospital. Officers observed him wearing body armor, and he had several weapons including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, Outlaw said. 'We learned that he was wearing body armor, and was carrying multiple weapons. In addition to the long gun which was believed to be an AR-15, he was also carrying some form of a semi-automatic handgun,' Outlaw said, according to ABC 6. Police said the the suspect fired anywhere from 55 to 80 times in the shootout, Fox29 reported. Of the two officers were struck in the gunfight - one suffered an elbow wound that will require surgery while the other was grazed on the nose. Source