Authorities in Oregon said Saturday that one person was killed and another was wounded when an armed suspect entered the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland and opened fire.
The suspect in the Good Samaritan shooting died after police stopped him in a vehicle in Gresham, east of Portland, according to a police press release.
According to Sergeant Kevin Allen, police received the report around 11 a.m. local time when police were told there was an armed man inside the hospital and the Good Samaritan responded to the shootings.
The police were told that a person had opened fire inside the hospital. “A witness told officers that the suspected attacker had already left the hospital by the time police arrived,” Allen said.
Police and hospital statements said Bobby Smallwood, a security guard at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, was shot and killed during the incident.
The hospital said another unnamed staff member was injured and is in stable condition.
As part of a thorough investigation, the police evacuated and searched a nearby grocery store.
Portland Police said: “Officers later located the suspect and stopped the vehicle he was in. During the incident, shots were fired by police. The suspect is dead. No officers were injured.”
The Portland police statement also said the three officers “used deadly force in this incident,” and that their “identities will be made public within 15 days, barring any security threat.”
The release also said the hospital, which was closed after the incident, lifted its shelter-in-place directive around 4:15 p.m. local time.
Authorities did not reveal the identity of the suspect.
“Words cannot express the deep sadness we are experiencing,” Legacy Health President and CEO Katherine Correia said in a statement.
“We offer our unwavering support to Bobby’s loved ones, our patients in our care, the staff at Legacy Good Samaritans, and all of our employees and providers suffering today.”