Man opens fire in psych wing at Cincinnati hospital, wounds security officer

A gunman entered the emergency psychiatric services wing of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday afternoon and opened fire, injuring a hospital security officer before killing himself, according to WHIO.


The shooter, who has yet to be identified, walked into the psychiatric wing and fired multiple shots. One bullet hit an unarmed hospital security guard in the shoulder. The security guard was immediately rushed into surgery after sustaining "very serious" injuries, according to the report.

Within minutes, the Cincinnati Police Department rushed to the scene, which was originally described as an active shooter situation.

The suspect continued to fire more shots, including at least one toward the police officer responding to the scene. That police officer was not hit, nor did that officer return fire.

Moments later, the suspect turned the gun on himself and was pronounced dead on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During the incident, the hospital was placed on lockdown. It has since been lifted. No other injuries were reported.

"We'd like to thank our community for their continued support throughout this time. … We would also like to thank our Public Safety team and @CincyPD for their prompt response and support," UC Health tweeted following the incident.

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