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    Three shot at Tennessee hospital

    3 shot at Tennessee hospital; gunman dead – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

    A gunman shot three women outside a Knoxville, Tennessee, hospital Monday before apparently turning the gun on himself, police said.

    One of the victims died from gunshot wounds at Parkwest Medical Center; the suspected gunman is also dead, said Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen.

    No identities were immediately released. The two survivors were taken to the trauma center at the University of Tennessee hospital.

    The women were all current or former Parkwest employees, Owen said. The hospital was locked down immediately after the afternoon shooting, but was reopened by Monday evening.

    "The hospital is safe," Owen said



    Man....... the stupid sure are getting angry
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    More info needed to understand what happened, but if someone is going to get shot...a hospital is about the best place.OMO
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    *sigh*

    What could have possibly been done to you to self justify shooting three women. If you want to take your life, do it without bringing others with you.

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    [sarcasm] I assume he limited his shooting to the outside of the hospital building, as he didn't want to violate any gun laws by going inside the hospital armed. See, these "No Guns" signs ARE effective. [/sarcasm]
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeChuck View Post
    *sigh*

    What could have possibly been done to you to self justify shooting three women. If you want to take your life, do it without bringing others with you.

    Nothing, but this method ensures front page headlines & the spotlight. A shot to the head in the privacy in your own basement would not even "beep" on the media's radar.
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    Angry

    I know two people, both pregnant, who were at Parkwest when this happened. That is also the hospital that my 10 month old was born at. Knoxville is becoming more and more dangerous every day, it seems!
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    oh no.

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    Darn shame!

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    I'm assuming the hospital was a "gun free" zone???
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    Some more info but not enough yet.

    Gunman opens fire at Tenn. hospital; kills 1, self - CenturyLink

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A gunman took a taxi to a hospital and gave the cab driver $20 to wait, then opened fire Monday in an area where patients are released, killing one woman before committing suicide.

    Two other women were injured in the shooting, and all the women were current or former employees of Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said. The attack happened about 4:30 p.m. outside the hospital's discharge area.

    Police are still trying to determine a motive, but it did not appear that any of the victims were related to the suspect or that there was any connection between them, spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. Police also don't think the suspect was ever employed at the hospital.

    Cab driver Freddys Sakhleh told The Associated Press that he picked up the suspect outside an apartment building and they made several stops on the way to the hospital, including to an ATM where the gunman got $20. The man said little about himself, only that he was from Atlanta.

    "He looked like, you know, angry, depressed. He was kind of itchy," Sakleh said.

    Sakhleh said the man eventually got out of the cab at the hospital, handed the driver the $20 and told him to wait five minutes. He came back to the cab, pulled a gun from his waist and starting firing.

    "I called 911, and I said, 'Please send some people here, this man is shooting like crazy,'" Sakhleh said. He said the gunman then shot himself in the head.

    Sakhleh saw a woman bleeding. "I went berserk," he said.

    Photographs of the discharge area, where vehicles can pick up patients, showed a man's body surrounded by police. Yellow crime tape was stretched around the area and police took photographs inside of the van taxi.

    The two women who survived the shooting were taken to the trauma center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Their conditions were not released, but the women's families released statements expressing thanks for prayers and support.

    The family of Ariane Reagan Guerin, 26-year-old employee at Parkwest, said they were hearing promising information about her prognosis. The family of Nancy Chancellor, 32, said she was doing well.

    The women killed was Rachel Wattenbarger, 40. Her father, Ray Wattenbarger, said she worked at the hospital for about five or six years, helping discharge the elderly. He said he would remember his daughter's smile.

    The gunman's name has not been released.

    Linda Cody, whose father was a patient at the hospital, said she had gone to smoke a cigarette when she saw a man's body face down, surrounded by blood, outside the discharge area. She quickly learned the victims had been shot in the same area where she normally smoked.

    "It was scary," she said. "It kind of gives you the willies thinking that could have been me five seconds ago."

    Cody overheard a woman tell police that a gun was underneath the man.

    Police put the hospital on lockdown as SWAT team members searched each floor to make sure no one else involved with the attack had made it inside.

    "The hospital is safe and is being reopened with limitations," Owen said.

    Charles Billingsley was taking his sister to a nearby doctor's office and heard the shooting, though he wasn't close enough to see the attack.

    "I heard five pistol shots, back to back, and then another and then another," Billingsley said. "I just saw people running from the hospital."

    Sakhleh, the cab driver, said he was lucky to be alive.

    "My wife always tells me, 'Be careful, be careful.' But after tonight, I'm going to be real careful."
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    I hear all the time about shootings in Memphis. Hearing about one so close to here really hits home. Especially one of someone just shooting women for no apparent reason in a place like a hospital.
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    "My wife always tells me, 'Be careful, be careful.' But after tonight, I'm going to be real careful."
    What do you think he is going to do to 'be careful'? I'm guessing not nearly enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    3 shot at Tennessee hospital; gunman dead – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

    A gunman shot three women outside a Knoxville, Tennessee, hospital Monday before apparently turning the gun on himself, police said.

    One of the victims died from gunshot wounds at Parkwest Medical Center; the suspected gunman is also dead, said Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen.

    No identities were immediately released. The two survivors were taken to the trauma center at the University of Tennessee hospital.

    The women were all current or former Parkwest employees, Owen said. The hospital was locked down immediately after the afternoon shooting, but was reopened by Monday evening.

    "The hospital is safe," Owen said



    Man....... the stupid sure are getting angry
    Safe as in safe just moments before that gunman went in and started shooting? Or safe as in, there are 50 cops out there for the next couple of hours?

    Guess the gunman just missed seeing the no gun sign. That would have changed his mind for sure.

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    As a Pastor I go to hospitals frequently in Montgomery and Birmingham Alabama. Believe me, I don't go without CC because I have arrived at one hospital following a shoot out. (Thank God I did not arrive while it was going on! That stuff scares me big time and I don't want to be around it!) Another place at an emergency room, someone's love one must have been a patient and multitudes of folks were gathered outside and the atmosphere was hostile already and one poor Security Guard was trying to deal with more that he could handle and it was growing more hostile be the moment. I got in the hospital as quick as I could and stayed there longer than I do on a normal visit. My point is, and I haven't said much about the original post, no place is safe as this Nation is Hostile to life right now! No place is safe!
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    The few times I've gone to the ER in Tuscaloosa. I've seen some thug types roaming around. Their homey must have gotten shot or something...

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