Dallas hospital shooting: Gunman Nestor Hernandez shot dead by police after killing two Methodist Hospital employees, officials say
DALLAS, TX – Methodist Hospital police shot and arrested a suspected gunman accused of killing two employees, officials confirmed Saturday.
This was reported by the Dallas police ABC affiliate WFAA that the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez, has been charged with capital murder.
Around 11:15 a.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of N. Beckley Avenue at Methodist Hospital.
Upon arrival, officers found that two hospital employees, including a nurse, had been shot to death in the delivery room.
The hospital confirmed to WFAA that both employees died from their injuries.
According to the hospital’s statement, Hernandez was shot by a hospital police officer and taken to another hospital, where he was taken into custody.
Hernandez was on parole for aggravated robbery and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting, Dallas police said.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted that he was “outraged” by the “lack of accountability” in the justice system.
“The fact that in this broken system we give violent criminals more chances than our victims. The pendulum has swung too far,” Garcia said.
“The Methodist Health System family is devastated by the loss of two of our beloved team members,” Methodist Health System management said in a statement. “Our entire organization is experiencing this unimaginable tragedy. During this devastating time, we want to assure our patients and staff that Methodist Dallas Medical Center is safe and that there is no ongoing threat. We pray for our fallen colleagues and their families, and for our entire Methodist family. We appreciate the community’s support during this difficult time.”
An investigation is now underway. The Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Unit are on scene to assist.
At this time, police have not released any information about a possible motive for the shooting.
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