DALLAS, TX — Methodist Hospital police shot and arrested a suspected gunman accused of killing two employees, officials confirmed Saturday.
Dallas police reported to ABC affiliate WFAA that the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez, has been charged with capital murder.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of N. Beckley Avenue at Methodist Hospital.
Upon arrival, officers discovered that two hospital workers, including a nurse, in the labor and delivery area had been shot, police said.
The hospital confirmed to the WFAA that both employees died from their injuries.
According to the hospital statement, Hernandez was shot by a hospital police officer and taken to another hospital where he was held.
Dallas police say Hernandez was on parole for aggravated robbery and was wearing an active ankle monitor at the time of the shooting.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a tweet that he was “outraged” by the justice system’s “lack of accountability.”
“The fact that in this broken system we’re giving violent criminals more of a chance than our victims. The pendulum has swung too far,” Garcia said.
“The Methodist Health System family is heartbroken over the loss of two of our beloved team members,” the executive leadership of Methodist Health System said in a statement. “Our entire organization mourns this unimaginable tragedy. During this devastating time, we want to assure our patients and employees that Dallas Methodist Medical Center is safe and there is no ongoing threat. Our prayers are with our colleagues lost and their families, as well as our entire Methodist family.We appreciate the support of the community during this difficult time.
An investigation is currently underway. The Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Unit are on scene to assist.
Police have not released any information at this time regarding a motive that may have led to the shooting.
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