2 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting at UAB-Hospital Highlands
One employee was killed and another is listed in stable condition after a gunman opened fire inside UAB-Hospital Highlands Wednesday night.
Two employees were shot, one fatally, when a gunman opened fire inside the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands on Wednesday.
Officers from the Birmingham Police Department responded to an active shooter situation and found two employees suffering from gunshot wounds.
Nancy Swift, a 63-year-old nursing supervisor, was shot multiple times in the chest and later died during surgery. The other victim, Tim Isley, is being treated for his wounds but is listed in stable condition, reports CNN. He is an employee of STERIS, an infection prevention company that UAB contracts with.
Police say 32-year-old Trevis Deron Coleman entered the hospital, which is part of the medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, just before 7 p.m. and shot the two employees in an office on the second floor.
Coleman was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a third-floor emergency room.
A campus alert was issued at the university shortly after the incident and students and staff were told to shelter in place. The order was lifted around 7:45 p.m.
Birmingham Police Public Information Officer Peter Williston described the shooting as an “employee relation issue” during a press conference Thursday morning. A UAB spokesman confirmed Coleman was an employee at the hospital.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Captain Harold Watson says authorities are unsure of a potential motive and that police “still have a lot to find out”.
UAB Senior Vice President Anthony Patterson says metal detectors were in use at the time of the shooting.
All surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been canceled as the Birmingham Police Department continues its investigation.
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