Pittsburgh Police Identify Hospital Gunman, Try to Determine Motive


0  Updated at 1:17 pm, March 10th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh police released the identity of the suspected gunman in a shooting that left two dead, including the shooter, and injured seven others at in the psychiatric clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki named John Shick, 30, of Pittsburgh, as the suspected gunman Friday, according to ABC affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. Stangrecki said they have been unable to determine a motive.

Shick allegedly fatally shot two people, including their suspect, and injured seven others in the psychiatric clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Police say the shooter walked in the front entrance of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, located in the Oakland neighborhood, around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, armed with two semi-automatic handguns and wearing a tan colored trench coat. Evidence shows the shooter may have then tried to exit the facility unsuccessfully after entering a stairwell that lead to the parking garage.

Stangrecki said as the shooter returned to the first floor, he was met by University of Pittsburgh police officers entering the front doors. He engaged the officers in gunfire, and was fatally shot by police.

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