Man opens fire in Huntersville hospital. Police confront gunman, kill him
Huntersville Police have asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations to examine the police shooting of an armed man at a Huntersville hospital Sunday night.
The man was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with police at Novant Health Medical Center, police said.
Investigators had not yet released the name of the man or a possible motive Monday.
Officers were called at 11:40 p.m. about a man who had fired several shots at the Huntersville hospital in the 1000 block of Gilead Road, according to a statement by Huntersville Police Monday.
“Upon arrival, hospital staff and witnesses directed officers to the area where the man with the gun was last seen. During a search of the area, officers encountered the man still armed with the gun,” police said. “An encounter ensued, during which, the officers felt threatened by the man’s actions and fired several rounds striking him.”
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
No officers, hospital staff or patients were injured during the incident, police said.
Novant did not answer questions about where the man was during the incident or when he was killed, and also did not say whether he was a patient, a visitor or someone else. Novant said police will answer further questions, and Huntersville Police did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
In a statement, Huntersville Police said the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation, which is standard procedure.
Huntersville Police have not yet identified the officers or say how many were involved.
The Observer’s news partner, WBTV, talked to a woman who said she and eight relatives had huddled in two bathrooms after someone came on the hospital intercom to say there was an active shooter on the second floor.
Her family turned out the lights and heard several gunshots before an all-clear announcement around 12:30 a.m., WBTV reported.
The hospital was temporarily blocked off late Sunday, but has since reopened, according to WBTV. On the scene, there was a large police presence and people were not being allowed into or out of the hospital for a short time.
“We are thankful for the quick response of the (Huntersville Police), who came to ensure the safety of our patents and team members,” tweets from Novant said early Monday. “Without a doubt, this is a tragic situation. Our hearts and prayers go out to the loved ones of this individual. And also to our team members and patients who were in the area when shots were fired.”
Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester