MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A shooting inside a Memphis hospital led the WMC Action News 5 Investigators to ask questions about safety protocol.
The shooting actually happened in late March, but we started asking questions after tips came into our newsroom.
According to a Memphis police report, the shooting happened March 26 inside Methodist North Hospital a little after 5:30 a.m.
A Memphis investigator wrote in the report while a nurse was in the patient’s room with her back to the man. She heard a pop, then saw the victim had shot himself with a handgun that was hidden under the sheets of his bed.
The report says a 70-year-old man was pronounced dead. It’s unclear how the patient was able to bring a loaded weapon into the hospital unnoticed at this time.
Due to patient privacy laws the hospital could only release limited details but could confirm the incident.
A statement from a Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare spokesperson reads in part:
We asked the Memphis Police Department for the number of gun-related incidents that have occurred inside Memphis hospitals.
We are still waiting on the results from our open records request.