South Carolina sees 2nd hospital shooting in 2 days

A gunman shot a police officer at Clinton, S.C.-based Laurens County Memorial Hospital April 11, representing the state's second hospital shooting in two days, reports The Post and Courier.

Police responded to a call about a man with a gun at the hospital around 2 a.m., according to Thom Berry, a spokesperson for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.

The man, who police identified as 27-year-old Kevin Boyce Patterson, was visiting the hospital with another individual seeking care in the emergency department.

Mr. Patterson allegedly opened fire and wounded an officer from the Greenville Health Authority Police Department. The officer returned fire and struck the man in the arm.

Both individuals were treated for their injuries. The officer has already been released from the hospital. Mr. Patterson's health status is currently unknown.

The shooting came just one day after a patient opened fire in the emergency department of Regional Medical Center-Orangeburg (S.C.), injuring one employee. The suspect, 23-year-old Abrian Dayquan Sabb, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants cited by The Post and Courier.

Editor's note: This article was updated April 12 at 12:53 p.m. 

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