PHILADELPHIA: A nurse at a Philadelphia hospital fatally shot her colleague on Monday morning, fled the scene and injured two officers in a shootout with police, officials said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference that the 55-year-old nurse shot her co-worker on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after midnight.
The co-worker, a 43-year-old man, who was a certified nursing assistant, was later pronounced dead.
Outlaw said it was not clear what led to the shooting and investigators were investigating the history of both men.
Police believe the target was made.
After being shot, the gunman left the hospital in a U-Haul box truck.
A short time later, four officers were alerted to the suspect’s location by a passerby near a school.
Officers saw him wearing body armor, and he had a range of weapons, including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, Outlaw said.
The commissioner said the gunman opened fire on the officers and the four retaliated.
Two officers were killed – one suffered an elbow wound that would have required surgery while the other was grazed on the nose.
The suspect was shot in the upper body and neck, and was in critical condition, but he was expected to survive.
The officers’ wounds were not considered life-threatening.