Preliminary reports indicate that 5 to 6 people are wounded, though their conditions were not immediately known, according to another police official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing event.
âIt looks like an employee of the hospital, thatâs what weâre hearing, unconfirmed, right now,â the official said.
As the situation continued to unfold, at least one doctor was being treated by people inside the hospital who had tied an emergency fire hose as a tourniquet, the fire department official said.
The victims were on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital. By 3:30 the section of the hospital where the injured doctors were contained had been secured and the police were leading a heavily armored group of emergency service workers into the building.
Inside the hospitalâs pediatric unit, a woman answering the phone who declined to give her name said that she and others were sheltering in place, unable to leave. “We are just keeping safe. we are ok,â she said. âAll of us have to feel tense because of the situation.â
A woman who answered the phone in the hospitalâs admittance office, who gave only her first name, Morgan, said that an alert went out to the staff around 3 p.m. ordering them to shelter in place. She said she was huddled in a room with several other workers.
âWe have no idea about what is going on,â she said.