Memphis hospital increases security after employee shot leaving work

Memphis, Tenn.-based Le Bonheur Children's Hospital increased security measures after an employee was shot Nov. 22 leaving work, according to local NBC affiliate WMC. 

The hospital employee was shot in what police now say was an attempted carjacking. The two suspects are still at large. 

The injured employee drove herself to Le Bonheur's emergency department for care and was later transferred to Memphis-based Regional One Health Medical Center, the hospital told WMC.

Since the shooting, the hospital has amped up security precautions. Guards stood watch Nov. 25 as employees walked to the parking lot. The hospital is also working with the Memphis Police Department to increase surveillance in the area, a hospital spokesperson told WMC.

Twenty-four assaults, six thefts and two robberies have been reported in the area surrounding the hospital since Nov. 1, according to a WMC investigation  

"Violence is a community-wide issue and requires a community-wide approach to tackle this difficult problem," a hospital spokesperson told WMC. "We are working with the City of Memphis, Memphis Police, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and other agencies to address the larger issues in surrounding neighborhoods."

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