Patient shot after opening fire in Houston hospital

An off-duty sheriff's deputy working security at North Cypress Medical Center in Houston shot a patient who opened fire inside the hospital Tuesday morning.

The 21-year-old man, whose name has not been released, arrived at North Cypress Medical Center's emergency room at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday and told hospital staff he needed an X-ray, according to a press release from the hospital.

The patient was examined by a triage nurse and then again by an ER physician. The patient reportedly became angry and left the examination room when the physician and nurse asked him to disrobe.

According to hospital officials, the patient ran to the ambulance bay in the ER, pulled a gun out of his waistband and fired a shot. He then ran through the ER with the gun in his hand and exited the building. He was shot just outside the ER entrance by an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security. Sheriff's deputies told KHOU news the man was still combative after being shot.

North Cypress Medical Center officials said the man is being treated for his injuries at the hospital and is in stable condition.

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