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Nurse wearing scrubs is detained after shooting dead a co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital, fleeing in a U-Haul truck and injuring two cops in a gun-fight

Nurse wearing scrubs is detained after shooting dead a co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital, fleeing in a U-Haul truck and injuring two cops in a gun-fight
  • The nurse shot and killed colleague inside Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • He fled the scene in a U-Haul, prompting a manhunt early on Monday morning
  • Suspect and two cops were injured in a shootout before the man was detained 
  • Police said they did not yet have a motive but thought it was a targeted killing

A nurse wearing scrubs has been detained after shooting dead a co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital, fleeing in a U-Haul truck, and injuring two cops in a gunfight.

The 55-year-old nurse shot his co-worker on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after midnight, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference.

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The co-worker, a 43-year-old man who was a certified nursing assistant, was later pronounced dead.

Cops cornered the shooter in the city’s Parkside section after fleeing the Hospital in a U-Haul truck. The suspect opened fire on the officers, and all four fired back. 

Two officers received non-life-threatening injuries during the shootout. The gunman was shot in the upper body and neck and was taken to Penn Presbyterian for treatment but is expected to survive.    

Police are searching for a suspect who shot someone inside a Philadelphia hospital around 12.12am on Monday morning before fleeing in a U-Haul
Police are searching for a suspect who shot someone inside a Philadelphia hospital around 12:12 am on Monday before fleeing in a U-Haul

Four officers managed to corner the suspect after being alerted to the suspect’s location by a passerby near a school. 

Officers observed him wearing body armor, and he had several weapons, including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, Outlaw said.

The gunman opened fire on the officers, and all four fired back, the commissioner said. Two officers were struck – one suffered an elbow wound that will require surgery while the other was grazed on the nose.  

It was unclear what sparked the shooting, and investigators were looking into the histories of both men, Outlaw said. Police believe the shooting was targeted.

The shooter was described as a man in blue scrubs and a mask with a black backpack. The clothes and U-Haul truck he allegedly fled the scene in was later recovered by officers. 

Investigators have not released any further details on the suspect or victim, and it remains unclear what led to the gunfire. 

The suspect opened fire on the ninth floor of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City, according to 6 ABC
The suspect opened fire on the ninth floor of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City, according to 6 ABC.

This comes days after a deadly shooting inside an office building in the Logan section of the city. The victim, 25-year-old security officer Nassir Day, was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Day worked at Pathways to Housing, which provides services for the homeless.

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Police found the suspect, 59-year-old Wayne John Dorylis, armed with a large knife and took him into custody without incident.

“What can I say about this happening in such short proximity of time? The good news is that we have both suspects in custody,” Outlaw said.

She continued, “When you think about this, this is something that you would typically see in a movie or in or on TV series. I’m just happy, we’re all happy, that the injuries tonight didn’t exceed further than what they could have been.”

Outlaw was joined by officers, detectives, families, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney outside Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Cross-posted from Daily Mail

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