Gun­man kills one, injures seven dur­ing UPMC shoot­ing spree

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A gun­man armed with two semi­au­to­matic hand­guns fa­tally shot a hospi­tal em­ployee in a first-floor lobby in­side UPMC’S Western Psy­chi­atric In­sti­tute and Clinic, a part of 1,544-bed UPMC Pres­by­te­rian in Pitts­burgh. Seven other peo­ple were in­jured be­fore au­thor­i­ties ap­par­ently killed the shooter at the scene. The As­so­ci­ated Press and the Pitts­burgh Post-gazette news­pa­per re­ported that the dead gun­man had not been iden­ti­fied 24 hours af­ter the March 8 shoot­ing. The vic­tim who died was a 25-year-old grad­u­ate stu­dent and ther­a­pist at the clinic, Michael Schaab, whose mother told re­porters she did not be­lieve her son knew the gun­man. “UPMC’S fa­cil­i­ties treat thou­sands of pa­tients, re­ceive thou­sands of vis­i­tors and em­ploy tens of thou­sands of pro­fes­sion­als,” El­iz­a­beth Con­cor­dia, a UPMC ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent of its Hospi­tal and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Di­vi­sion, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “While UPMC’S cur­rent se­cu­rity mea­sures are in line with the stan­dards na­tion­wide, all pro­ce­dures are be­ing rig­or­ously re­viewed,” she said. Neal Bisno, pres­i­dent of SEIU Health­care Penn­syl­va­nia, which rep­re­sents 200 work­ers at the clinic, called for a “full in­ves­ti­ga­tion” and said the union has of­fered to as­sist in a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of work­place vi­o­lence haz­ards and safety. Hospi­tal em­ploy­ees face an el­e­vated risk of vi­o­lence while on the job, ac­cord­ing to data from the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics (Oct. 17, 2011, p. 6). The Joint Com­mis­sion is­sued a Sen­tinel Event Alert for pre­vent­ing vi­o­lence in health­care set­tings in June 2010. A com­mis­sion spokesman said 49 as­saults, rapes and homi­cides were vol­un­tar­ily re­ported in health­care fa­cil­i­ties in 2011, the high­est on record.

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Paramedics and po­lice carry one of the vic­tims from the scene of the UPMC shoot­ing in Pitts­burgh.

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