Thursday, April 16, 2009
Shooting Rampage at Long Beach Hospital
**Update 6:40 PM The second victim has died bringing the total to three including the shooter. Also, the hospital states there are no lay-offs planned at the hospital. LB Press-Telegram storyToday, I had an assignment to cover celebrities visiting children at a hospital in Long Beach. I noticed a couple news choppers hovering as I approached the area, and then noticed police cars blocking the entrance and Long Beach Memorial Hospital was in lockdown. Apparently it turns out an employee ,who was notified he was to be laid off, went on a shooting rampage , killing one hospital employee and critically wounding another before taking his own life. I arrived about 40 minutes after the shooting for my 12:30 assignment. Police were escorting people out of the hospital at that time and a perimeter was set up all around the area. These stories are unfortunately becoming more common in these tough economic times.
at 2:38 PM