Patient shoots South Carolina hospital employee  

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An employee of the Regional Medical Center-Orangeburg (S.C.) is in critical condition after a patient opened fire in the hospital's emergency department the morning of April 10, according to local news station WCSC.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was a patient who initially came to the hospital for treatment around 7:30 a.m., left an hour later and returned with a weapon, according to the report. One person, a hospital employee, was injured and immediately went into surgery. Police arrived on the scene as the suspect was surrendering to hospital security.

Law enforcement told WCSC the gunman will face a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill.

The hospital resumed normal operations within two hours of the shooting, but kept the emergency department closed until 3 p.m.


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