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2 dead in shooting at UCHealth Memorial Central

Posted: 7:05 PM, Jun 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-27 21:40:12-04
Shooting at UCHealth Memorial Central<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-289782">Shooting at UCHealth Memorial Central (KOAA)

COLORADO SPRINGS – Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman in a shooting at UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital Central on E Boulder St.

The names of the deceased and their relation to one another have not been released, nor has a possible motive. Police will only confirm they were not employees of the hospital.

Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the campus for a person dead in the roundabout along the southside entrance. Medical personnel were working to save the life of a person inside a hospital room, but that  person did not survive.

A woman who was waiting outside to get into the hospital described the scene to News5. “Scary. Extremely scary. It was very traumatic. You know, we couldn’t figure out what was going on out here and plus I was also wondering if we were even going to be able to get into the hospital or not.”

No officers were involved in the incident as they arrived after the shooting.  Operations at the hospital were not impacted by the incident. The facility was never on lockdown or evacuated.

A spokesperson for UCHealth says all patients and families will be notified about today’s events and reassured that the facility is safe.

“This afternoon, there was a shooting at Memorial Hospital Central.  No employees or providers were involved, and the incident is now over.  There is no danger to any patients, employees or the public.  At no point was it necessary to evacuate patients, and all services remain fully operational and open, including our emergency and trauma departments. We are working closely with the Colorado Springs Police Department; please direct any questions about the incident to CSPD.” – UCHealth statement

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated police consider this to be a murder-suicide. They are not confirming that information at this time, but state is being considered a possibility.