At the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a certified nurse was shot dead in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 4 morning by a colleague. The accused ran away from the scene of the murder in a truck. While he was fleeing from the scene, he shot two Philadelphia Police Officers.

The 55-year-old shooter was heavily armed, carrying a number of guns and wearing body armor. He was shot by the officers of Western Philadelphia Police as stated by the Commissioner of Police, Danielle Outlaw. The two officers who were shot by the alleged shooter were hospitalized at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center along with the shooter himself. All three of them are out of danger currently.

After receiving news of shooting from the ninth floor of Jefferson University Hospital, in the early hours of Monday, police immediately reached the spot to take action. The 43-year-old nursing assistant, who was first shot, died immediately after, as reported by the CBS news.

Later in the day, during the investigation, detectives believe that the victim was the prime target of the accused. Outlaw said that they are unclear about the cause behind the murder.

The accused entered the hospital wearing scrubs to hide the guns, which includes an AR-15, and a semi-automatic handgun. The shooter either was working in the building before the shooting took place or he accessed the hospital areas which were only available to the employees of the hospital.

Using a U-haul truck, the accused fled the scene after killing the assistant nurse. A passer-by saw a man wearing scrubs fleeing the area while firing shots in the air, close to Parkside Avenue and 40th Street, around 1:25 a.m. in the night. The spectator also told that the man was carrying a long gun, as reported by the Philly Voice.

Four officers of the West Philadelphia Police Department confronted the shooter and a crossfire started when the accused fired at the police. A 32-year-old and 30-year-old officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting.

The officers shot the accused in retaliation, injuring him in the neck and the upper part of the body. Initial reports suggest that the shooter was gravely injured, but Commissioner Outlaw expects him to survive as told to him by the hospital administration.

A representational image of a gun.
A woman struggling with mental issues allegedly shot her 10-year-old son before proceeding to kill herself in Oceana County’s Shelby Township on Monday, July 25. This is a representational image. Skitterphoto/Pixabay

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