Alabama Hospital Shooting Leaves Three Wounded, Shooter Dead

Another day, another shooting spree in America.

Another day, another shooting spree in America.

AP (“Alabama Hospital Shooting: St. Vincent’s Gunman Wounds 3 Before Being Killed By Police“):

A man opened fire early Saturday at a hospital in Alabama, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer, authorities said.

Police were sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital around 4 a.m. to check on a report of an armed man inside the facility. Two officers who arrived separately converged on the suspect on the hospital’s fifth floor.

“When the officer encountered the suspect, there was immediate gunfire from the suspect,” Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said. One police officer and two hospital employees who happened to be in the area were wounded.

A second officer shot back, mortally wounding the suspect.

Williams said detectives were still trying to determine Saturday why the armed man was in the hospital. Authorities did not immediately release the names of the assailant or the victims.

At least the officers were able to stop this relatively quickly.

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Comments

  1. Gustopher says:

    I’m glad this guy was less competent than yesterday’s shooter.




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  2. Andy says:

    This doesn’t sound like a spree shooting to me. He shot at cops, cops shot back, some were wounded in the crossfire.




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  3. Brummagem Joe says:

    @Andy:

    This doesn’t sound like a spree shooting to me. He shot at cops, cops shot back, some were wounded in the crossfire.

    A distinction without a difference?




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  4. al-Ameda says:

    And let’s not forget, “guns don’t kill people … {blah blah blah}”




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  5. Scott O says:

    Has Huckabee weighed in on this one yet? Did God in his infinite mercy prevent innocent fatalities because the shooting took place in a Catholic hospital?




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  6. Andy says:

    @Brummagem Joe: I think there’s a pretty big difference between a guy who goes somewhere intent on killing as many people as possible and a guy who only reportedly shot at cops trying to arrest him. That’s all assuming what’s been reported is accurate of course.




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  7. Dan says:

    @Andy:

    Which one should we apply ourselves to preventing? Spree shootings or garden-variety attempted murder?




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