Nursing Assistant Killed, Two Officers Shot at Jefferson University Hospital

In Summary

An employee at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital wearing body armor and carrying multiple firearms killed a coworker and shot two police officers overnight. 

A Thomas Jefferson University Hospital employee shot and killed a coworker on Monday before getting into a shootout with police in Philadelphia.  

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a 55-year-old nursing assistant shot and killed a 43-year-old nursing assistant at the hospital. He then fled in a U-Haul van before getting into a shootout with four Philadelphia police officers.  

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the man was the first to fire his weapon and shot one officer in the elbow and the other in the nose. Both are expected to survive.  

The suspect was wearing body armor and carrying multiple weapons, including a semi-automatic handgun and a long gun believed to be an AR-15, the Inquirer reported. He was shot by police and is currently in the hospital in critical condition.  

This shooting is Philadelphia’s second workplace shooting in less than one week and they believe the victim was the intended target. Employees at the hospital and in nearby buildings were notified of an active shooter. Students who attend Thomas Jefferson University were also alerted to an active shooter in the area.  

“Active shooter situations are typically incidents that happen far and few in between,” Outlaw said. “It’s not supposed to happen this close together, but we are all prepared to respond quickly and deal with it, and that’s what we will continue to do.”  

RELATED: Gun Violence Incidents on the Rise in the United States  

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