Gunman kills one, injures seven during UPMC shooting spree
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.
Paramedics and police carry one of the victims from the scene of the UPMC shooting in Pittsburgh.