Oct 23, 2022 - Politics & Policy

What we know about the Dallas hospital shooting

A Dallas Police Department vehicle patrols an area in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

A Dallas Police Department vehicle on patrol. Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Two employees were killed Saturday during a shooting at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, per the Dallas Police Department.

Driving the news: The suspected gunman was in custody and arrested on suspicion of capital murder following an investigation of the shooting, the police department said Saturday.

  • Methodist Health System Police arrested Nestor Hernandez, 30, after the shooting. Hernandez is on parole for aggravated robbery and had an active ankle monitor, the department said.
  • Authorities responded to the Methodist Dallas Medical Center at around 11am local time on Saturday, CNN reports.
  • There are no ongoing threats to the hospital, CNN notes.
  • It wasn’t clear what might have led to the violence and the victims have not been identified, NBC News reports.

What they're saying: Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia called the shooting a "tragedy" and "an abhorrent failure of our criminal justice system."

  • "We @DallasPD are grateful for the support and care provided to our officers by @mhshospitals. Our thoughts are with staff and victims of today’s events," he wrote on Twitter.
  • "We will do EVERYTHING to assist in this investigation. This is a tragedy, and an abhorrent failure of our criminal justice system."
  • The health system's executive leaders said that they are "heartbroken at the loss of two of our beloved team members," CNN reports from a statement.
  • "Our entire organization is grieving this unimaginable tragedy."
  • "Our prayers are with our lost co-workers and their families, as well as our entire Methodist family. We appreciate the community’s support during this difficult time."
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