1 person shot dead in Arkansas hospital, 1 in police custody

One person was fatally shot Wednesday morning at a Little Rock area hospital, and authorities have one person in custody in the shooting, police said.

Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Hagar said police found one person dead at CHI St. Vincent North in Sherwood, who was in custody as authorities responded to reports of gunshots at the hospital.

Hagar has not released the name of the victim or the name of a person of interest who he says was later taken into custody.

The person of interest was arrested by Little Rock police at a gas station, the department tweeted.

Police did not say whether the person killed was a patient, employee or visitor. A hospital spokesperson said the hospital lockdown was lifted on Wednesday afternoon.

Sherwood is a town of approximately 33,000 people located northeast of Little Rock.

Hospital workers could be seen meeting colleagues and relatives in the parking lot of an Academy Sports store near the medical center. Law enforcement from multiple agencies responded.

The shooting occurred months after four people were shot dead at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a gunman who also took his own life. Police say the shooter in that shooting blamed the doctor, who was one of four victims, for his lingering pain after recent back surgery and purchased an AR-style rifle hours before the rampage.

Experts said the shootings and other incidents highlight vulnerabilities in healthcare facilities.

CHI St. Vincent North opened in 1999 and more than 200 doctors and staff work at the facility, according to the hospital’s website.

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