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Jesus - This Was Just Down The Street From Me! 
27th-Mar-2008 08:15 pm
3 People Killed In Hospital Shootings
A 63-year-old man distraught over his mother's 2004 death at Columbus' Doctors Hospital came to the hospital armed with three guns Thursday and fatally shot three people, one of the registered nurse who had treated his mother, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect, whom Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren identified as Charles Johnston of Columbus, engaged in a gunfight with three law enforcement officers in the hospital parking lot before he was wounded by a plainsclothed police detective, after which he was rushed into the hospital to be treated for his wounds. Shot in the shoulder, he was in satisfactory condition and under guard Thursday evening. Boren said he will face murder charges.

It was in the parking lot that Johnston shot in the head a man in a pickup truck, mortally wounding him. Initially listed in critical condition, that man later died, Boren said Thursday at 7 p.m.

Johnston is a retired school teacher in the Muscogee County District, Boren said.

Boren said authorities were alerted by a 911 call at 2:17 p.m. He said Johnston used a 9 mm handgun in the shootings, though the suspect was armed also with two other handguns.

Johnston shot two workers on the hospital's fifth floor, one the male nurse who had treated his mother, Boren said. The nurse was killed. An administrative assistant wounded there died after surgery.

Johnston then went downstairs to the parking lot where a man pulled up in a pickup truck. Thinking the man was trying to stop him, Johnston shot the man in the head, Boren said.

Johnston then tried to leave in a Ford station wagon. A Muscogee deputy marshal responding to the 911 call came racing into the parking lot's west entrance and Johnston fired at the deputy, later identified as Alicia Davenport, authorities said. She fired back, but apparently missed.

A city police officer on a motorcycle then came into the parking lot's eastern entrance and Johnston fired at that officer, who also fired back but apparently did not hit the suspect, police said.

Then the detective came roaring into the lot in a Chevrolet Malibu, blocking Johnston's escape. Johnston also fired at the detective, and the detective shot back, hitting Johnston in the shoulder, Boren said.

Johnston was shot by a plain clothes policeman and is in satisfactory condition after surgery in the Medical Center. He is under guard.

At a news conference this afternoon, Boren said police received a call today that shots were fired at Doctors Hospital and units were dispatched.
This hospital is MAYBE three to four minutes away from our loft. Ever more crazy, Damien had lunch at the place across the street today with some work friends - a place he's never been before and didn't much care for anyway. This all went down about an hour and change after he went back to work.
Comments 
28th-Mar-2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Whoa.
28th-Mar-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I know, right? I'm thinking that the only reason I didn't heart sirens was because the police precinct headquarters is an equal distance away, in the opposite direction. Well, that and the fact that this area is just south of here, and my part of this building faces north and has 1 foot thick brick walls - which probably has something to do with it also.

Still, this is just insane. I need to talk to my teacher friend who knows everyone in the school system about him.
28th-Mar-2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Shiiiiiiiiit. I'm glad you're both OK.

Shiiiiiiiiit.
28th-Mar-2008 01:46 am (UTC)
He is under guard.

I bet he is.
28th-Mar-2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm surprised the doctor who treated him didn't let the scapel slip...

28th-Mar-2008 02:06 am (UTC)
So happy that D is OK!

It just goes to show you that seconds or minutes can change your day, maybe forever.

28th-Mar-2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I really don't know what to say.
That is not only sad, but heartbreaking.. he's 64 damn years old!
28th-Mar-2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Of all the people to shoot in the world nurses are not on top of the list.
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30th-Mar-2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Fucking hell...
28th-Mar-2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I live in fear of this happening at a hospital where I am. We get so many whackjobs come through the ER.
30th-Mar-2008 03:26 am (UTC)
what a terrifying experience. my cousin is a nurse at that hospital and pete, the r.n. that was shot, was one of her best friends.

i thought about you and wondered how close you and D were to the medical center.
30th-Mar-2008 03:36 am (UTC)
What's your cousin's name?

I can see it looking east from my building - that's how close I am.
30th-Mar-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
mary. she was working a few rooms down. she snatched her patient and the dietitian that was walking by and locked them in the bathroom with her.

crazy, her boyfriend brought her and pete coffee that morning...and he interviewed with les (i think that was his name) the admin. aid that was also shot and killed.

you really are close. that is scary as hell. were you able to hear all the commotion?
30th-Mar-2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Insane.

Our loft faces north, and the hospital is just south of here. The police dept. is south of the hospital, so no - I heard nothing. Also, consider that our walls are brick and about a foot thick, plus I'm 7 stories above ground here in the opposite direction. If I look from the southeast corner of the building, I can see everything just fine.
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