[UPDATE] Gunman Barricades Himself in Florida Hospital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

** UPDATE 11-4-2010 7:24 PM **
Palm Bay, FL (AP) - Police say a former Florida hospital
worker who fired shots inside the building has committed suicide.
No other injuries were reported.
Police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says the man was found dead
from a self-inflicted gunshot Thursday at Palm Bay Hospital, about
an hour east of Orlando. The man had barricaded himself in a room
after firing shots in the food-preparation area of the cafeteria.
Hospital spokesman Elliot Cohen says the gunman worked at the
hospital about two years until he was fired last month. He says the
man had a poor attendance record. Officials have not released his
name or his former position at the hospital.
The facility was never evacuated because the part of the
hospital the man was barricaded was isolated.

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Palm Bay, FL (AP) - A gunman has barricaded himself in a
hospital along Florida's Space Coast.
Police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says the gunman fired shots
at Palm Bay Hospital in Brevard County and then barricaded himself
in a room Thursday afternoon. Martinez says there are no injuries
and the gunman is alone.
SWAT team members and a crisis negotiation team are at the
hospital.
A hospital spokesman says the gunman has barricaded himself
inside an office. He says there have been no evacuations as the
area of the hospital is relatively isolated.
There will be a briefing about the situation at the hospital at
4:15 p.m.
Police officers don't know immediately who the suspect is or why
he fired the shots.

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