A man ‘wanted’ by police entered a Milwaukee children’s hospital with a gun on Nov. 14 and picked up a baby in the neonatal unit. The suspected gunman was shot by police after he fled through the hallways of the unit of the hospital with his weapon.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and Wauwatosa Police Department responded to a call from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, reporting an active shooter at 11:59 a.m. local time on Nov. 14. A man with a warrant out for his arrest entered the neonatal progressive care unit of the hospital with a gun and picked up a baby, when he was stopped by police.
Children’s Hospital Of Wisconsin Shooting: Milwaukee Man Brings Gun To Neonatal Care Unit
The gunman was “wanted on a warrant for possession of a firearm,” according to police Sheriff Clarke.
Police “informed him to put the baby down,” when they confronted the gunman and put him under arrest. He cooperated with police and did put down the child, but then proceeded to run down the hallway with his gun.
“While officers chased after the suspect, the suspect showed a handgun,” according to NBC15. “Officials say he turned around several times with that gun — and officers fired several shots, striking the suspect.”
“The baby is fine,” according to Sheriff Clarke, as is the child’s mother, who was also in the hospital at the time. “No hospital personnel were injured.” The suspected gunman is being treated for non life-threatening injuries at Froedtert Hospital.
Children’s Hospital On Lockdown Following Shooting
The hospital issued a statement in the immediate wake of the shooting:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is currently on lockdown while law enforcement responds to a report of an active shooter. We have implemented our emergency protocols and will provide updates as available.
The hospital later tweeted:
The situation at Children’s has been contained. The hospital building remains locked down until law enforcement issues a complete all-clear.
— Children’s Hospital (@childhealthwi) November 14, 2013
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