03/03/2010

Man opened fire on nurse in Conn. hospital

Nurse suffered non-life threatening injuries

The Associated Press

DANBURY, Conn. — Police say an elderly patient has shot and wounded a nursing supervisor in a Connecticut hospital.

They say the nurse suffered a non-life-threatening wound while trying to subdue the patient Tuesday afternoon outside the hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. They say he was rushed to the emergency unit for treatment.

The Danbury News Times newspaper says the patient accidentally shot himself after the attack while being restrained. There's been no word on his condition or his identity. It's unclear what charges he's facing.

Police haven't said why the shooter had a gun in the hospital.

Danbury Hospital officials say they're continuing to admit and treat patients. The 12-floor hospital has nearly 400 beds and 4,000 employees.

Danbury's mayor calls the nurse "an absolute hero."

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