The Birmingham, Alabama law enforcement officials declared that on Wednesday night, a hospital worker opened fired inside a University of Alabama affiliated clinic, injuring one person, and killing another. The gunman committed suicide afterward.
Alabama Hospital Worker Had Argument with Manager
According to the Birmingham authorities, on Wednesday night, an Alabama hospital worker, later identified as 31-year-old Travis Coleman, entered the UAB Highlands clinic armed with a pistol and opened fire.
The man’s first victim was 63-year-old Nancy Swift, a registered nurse and Coleman’s manager, and an unidentified Steris individual.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the UAB-affiliated clinic’s metal detectors were found in working order the night of the attack, meaning that the authorities have yet to discover how the 31-year-old Alabama hospital worker managed to smuggle a gun to work.
Peter Williston, a Birmingham Police Department lieutenant, and spokesperson declared that the tragic incident was triggered by an argument Coleman allegedly had with upper management representative, Nancy Swift.
At the moment, the authorities are still trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle. After Coleman gunned down the 63-year-old registered nurse, he directed his attention to a Steris representative, who happen to be in the same area.
Coleman shot the man several times before turning the gun on himself. The authorities arrived several minutes later. Swift and Coleman were declared dead at the scene. The Steris representative was rushed to surgery.
Williston declared that the man is still in critical condition and is being kept at the hospital’s ICU.
Anthony Patterson, the UAB Hospital vice president, declared all surgeries scheduled for Wednesday were postponed till Thursday in order to allow the authorities to search the premises. Furthermore, the UAB Highlands vice president announces that the facility offers counseling services to all employees involved in this incident.
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