A nurse at a Philadelphia hospital fatally shot his co-worker early Monday and fled the scene in a U-Haul truck earlier than wounding two law enforcement officials in a gunfight, authorities stated.

The 55-year-old nurse, whose identify was not instantly launched, was carrying scrubs when he shot his co-worker on the ninth flooring of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital simply after midnight, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated at a information convention.

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Investigators stated the 43-year-old co-worker, who was an authorized nursing assistant, was shot six instances, FOX29 Philadelphia reported. He was later pronounced useless.

Police stated it was unclear what sparked the capturing, however consider that the sufferer was focused. Investigators are trying into the background of each males.

After the capturing, the gunman fled the hospital in a U-Haul field truck. Police had been alerted to the suspect’s location about an hour later after a passerby waved down officers close to a faculty.

The suspect squared off with four police officers in a gunfight about an hour after the shooting. Dozens of evidence markers could be seen at the scene Monday.

The suspect squared off with 4 law enforcement officials in a gunfight about an hour after the capturing. Dozens of proof markers might be seen on the scene Monday.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

Outlaw stated that the passerby advised the officers {that a} man in scrubs armed with an extended gun seemed to be firing pictures into the air.

Four officers noticed the suspect and noticed him carrying physique armor, and in possession of a number of weapons together with a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, Outlaw stated.

The gunman opened hearth on the officers, and all 4 fired again, the commissioner stated. The suspect fired 55 to 80 rounds through the shootout, FOX29 reporter Steve Keeley tweeted.

Two officers had been struck — one suffered an elbow wound that can require surgical procedure whereas the opposite was grazed on the nostril. The officers’ wounds weren’t thought-about life-threatening.

Officers observed the suspect wearing body armor, and he had several weapons including a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. The suspect reportedly fired 55 to 80 rounds at four responding police officers.

Officers noticed the suspect carrying physique armor, and he had a number of weapons together with a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. The suspect reportedly fired 55 to 80 rounds at 4 responding law enforcement officials.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

The suspect was shot within the higher physique and neck. He was in crucial situation however anticipated to outlive. 

Police are persevering with to research the capturing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.