>>>Estranged husband kills wife and attempts suicide<<<
I would venture a guess that if a guy is gonna shoot his soon-to-be-ex-wife in a public place, he's probably going to turn the gun on himself, or try suicide by cop, in most instances.
But, what if the idiot decides things aren't happening the way he wants, as quickly as he'd like; and the only way to get himself dead, is to take out more folks?
I can understand the mental anguish he might have been going thru... He was losing his wife, his home, and probably (since he was a contractor) most of his work. No excuse for what he did, but I can understand it.
Unfortunately, when we deal with the mentally unstable, like this fellow apparently was, they don't follow a rule book. He is in such self perceived "pain" that he might decide to "share" his pain with others in a physical manner.
Hospitals are there to take care of the sick. Some hospitals have psych wards. I'm sure that some folks have gone to such hospitals and checked themselves in, in a moment of mental acuity, in the midst of their emotional/mental firestorms.
I can't count on that. In a visit to the E.R. in any town large enough to have one or more, you are just as likely to see a crack head or meth addict at the end of his rope as you are to see little Johnny, who broke his ankle while skateboarding. Johnny is at risk, his parents are at risk, I am at risk; from the crashing junkie who goes off the deep end while he was hoping to get help.
I carry concealed, if I'm caught, they can ask me to leave (in my state), or I risk a trespass charge. If I'm coming in on a gurney, because of an off site incident, they will secure the weapon (from what I understand from most of the EMTs, nurses, etc., on DC). I'm okay with that. But either way, I'm most likely coming into a hospital armed.
You may not be able to at all because of your state laws.
Care to discuss?