LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Authorities said that a Wednesday morning shooting in an Arkansas hospital resulted in one fatality.
Sherwood police were summoned to CHI St. Vincent North around 10 a.m. in reference to a possible active shooter, according to Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Hagar at a news conference in the afternoon.
The hospital has been locked down.
“Officers located one deceased victim at the hospital with at least one gunshot wound,” Hagar said.
Hagar stated that a suspect, Raymond Allen Lovett, 24, of Little Rock, was brought into custody.
Leighton Delane Whitfield, 21, of North Little Rock, was tragically shot while visiting a hospital patient. Hagar stated that he was discovered on the fourth floor of the hospital and pronounced dead at the scene.
Hagar did not offer an explanation. He described the fatal shooting as “an isolated incident that occurred in a public setting.”
Hagar stated that the suspect has not been formally charged with any offences as of Wednesday afternoon’s midday.
Chad Aduddel, the hospital’s chief executive officer, stated that employees had been trained for active shooter scenarios and that the hospital’s security procedures would be examined.
Aduddel stated, “We will do a debriefing, examine our security protocols, and continue to conduct drills and take safeguards.”
He described the fatal shooting as “tragic.”
Little Rock police tweeted that they cooperated with the investigation by holding a “possible suspect” at an Exxon gas station. The perpetrator was apprehended around an hour after the incident was reported, according to officials.
Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital spokesperson Joshua Cook, the lockdown was removed and normal activities resumed.
Cook stated that the hospital is once again accepting patients.
Sherwood is located around 10 miles northeast of Little Rock.