Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center: police

Tue Jul 8, 2014 5:42pm EDT

Related Topics

(Reuters) - Police said two people died on Tuesday in a shooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that it appeared a man shot a woman before taking his own life.

The Spokane Police Department said it appeared to be a case of domestic violence, adding that officers were securing the area and asking the public to stay away.

"Early investigation indicates man shot woman and then himself," the police department said on Twitter.

"Major Crimes detectives are investigating scene, however there is no threat at this time."

Citing unnamed relatives and friends, local broadcaster KHQ said the dead woman was an employee at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center and was the mother of two children.

Local TV showed police and emergency services vehicles in the street outside the center, which is part of larger medical complex that includes Spokane's Deaconess Hospital.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Susan Heavey and Jim Loney)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (10)
REnninga wrote:
We definitely need a lot more guns in American society. This becomes more obvious with each passing day.

Americans need to heed the keen, unbiased wisdom of the NRA and its supporters, that we Americans will all be much safer from guns violence only when many more people are packing.
We need to be “armed, locked and loaded”, in our movie theaters, in our shopping malls, in our schools, in our medical centers, in our local Wal-Mart, in our neighborhood grocery markets, … everywhere we might need to squeeze off a few rounds if someone disrespects us and we need to stand our ground.

How much clearer could it be that if a lot more people had been carrying guns at this Seattle medical center today, some of them could have pulled their own guns in the midst of the chaos and squeezed-off a few additional rounds?

Clearly this would have been a preferable outcome, instead of just being passive bystanders taking cover, unable to get involved and fire off their own shots; maybe even emptying a couple of high-capacity magazines and taking a few others out, possibly even including ‘the perp’, right?

The more people shooting, and the more random gunfire flying around, the safer everyone would be in situations like this. Clearly the 340 Million guns already owned by Americans are not nearly enough to keep us safe.
Obviously, if we already had enough people armed with guns, then innocent people wouldn’t keep getting shot! Despite the 340 Million guns in private hands in America, 2/3 of American households still do not have guns in the house. How irresponsible can these people be?
This means that more than 200 million Americans are living each day without quick, easy access to a gun when they get scared, get intoxicated, get angry, have a fight with their spouse, or a parent says “no” to a willful teenager, or someone in the household has a psychotic episode or otherwise just needs one.

How irresponsible can we be? Get armed! The only way to end this guns violence insanity is for many more Americans to own many, many, many more guns. Obviously we will never be truly safe from guns violence in America until every American man, woman and child is packing a gun; or two guns; hey, maybe three!

We should all know by now, “guns don’t kill people…”

/sarc

Jul 08, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Verpoly wrote:
Kind of surprise now medical staff becomes target of shooting. Did she not take care of any patient properly leading to this homicide´╝č

Jul 08, 2014 2:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Altepeter wrote:
The sarcasm is not helpful. The man was wrong not because of his gun but the hatred and anger in his heart.

Jul 08, 2014 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus