There was horror and pandemonium at the UAB Hospital Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday (March 14) evening, when a lone gunman entered the hospital and shot two people. An alert was sounded, and police arrived at the scene only to find that the lone gunman killed himself. Police are currently investigating the shooting.
It was around 6:50 p.m. at the UAB Hospital Highlands, part of the medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and work was going on as usual.
Around that time, a lone gunman entered the hospital and shot two people. One victim, an employee, was shot multiple times in the chest and immediately rushed to the main UAB hospital. The second victim was treated at Highlands.
What Happened at UAB Hospital Highlands?
At 6:55 p.m., police received the citywide call of an active shooter at the hospital. They arrived only to see the two victims with gunshot wounds inflicted by the gunman. Later, the gunman, a male, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a third-floor emergency room.
After determining that the hospital was secure, police officers searched each room. Paramedics entered through the same-day surgery entrance and were taken to the second floor of the building where the two victims were believed to be located.
One Victim Succumbed to Injuries
The two victims were immediately attended to since both had suffered life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, one of the victims, Nancy Turnage Swift, later died. Police said just before 10:00 p.m. that the surviving victim was in stable condition.
The hospital went into a lockdown after getting reports of the shooting. It was only at 7:45 p.m. that they sent an alert saying police “issued an all clear.” Employees were led to UAB Police headquarters as one woman collapsed from an apparent panic attack, and was attended to by medics.
No Threat to the Public
At 8:40 p.m., Lt. Peter Williston said, “There is no threat to the public,” adding that the authorities were not sure about the shooter’s relation to the victims, or the reason behind the shooting. He admitted that police “still have a lot to find out.”
At the moment, there is no information about the gunman’s identity or the two victims. However, one victim is believed to be male. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Capt. Harold Watson said that this shooting only highlighted the need for first responders to have more active shooting training. He also said that the public should be more aware of their surroundings.
Investigation Is Ongoing
All the surgeries scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2018, at UAB Highlands Hospital were canceled, but other UAB campuses will operate at normal times. The Birmingham police are still investigating this shooting, and details are awaited.