Two employees were killed in a shooting at a Dallas hospital early Saturday morning, the local health system said.
Authorities responded to Methodist Dallas Medical Center around 11 a.m. local time Saturday, according to a statement from Methodist Health System.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that a suspect shot and killed two hospital staff,” the statement said.
An officer who arrived at the scene confronted and shot the suspect, according to the health system. According to the statement, the accused was taken into custody and stabilized and taken to another hospital.
Methodist Health System police arrested 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez on suspicion of murder, according to a statement from the Dallas Police Department.
Hernandez is out Parole also had an “active ankle monitor” for the robbery, Dallas police said.
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Hernandez is set for release in October 2021.
“The Methodist Health System family is heartbroken by the loss of two of our beloved team members. “Our entire organization is grieving this unimaginable tragedy,” the health system’s executive leaders said in a statement. “Our prayers are with our lost colleagues and their families, as well as our entire Methodist family. We appreciate the community’s support during this difficult time.
The shooting occurred inside a “mother/baby” unit, according to a statement from Methodist Health System.
As a result, “out of an abundance of caution”, police staff have been increased on the hospital campus “including for mothers and babies”, the statement said. Methodist recently installed new camera systems, strengthened physical security measures and conducted active shooter training for employees.
The leadership added that the medical center is now safe and there are no threats.
The health system said authorities are continuing to investigate.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia Said On Twitter, he was “outraged with our community at the lack of accountability and the irony that in this broken system we give violent criminals more opportunities than our victims.”
“The pendulum has swung too far,” the chief added.