Gunman kills himself, one other at hospital

Last updated 13:48 18/12/2013

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A gunman opened fire at a hospital campus in Reno on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two others before turning the weapon on himself.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety said the wounded victims were in surgery and one of them is a doctor.

Police initially said the gunman shot four people before killing himself, but they later said he wounded two people and killed another before committing suicide.

"We have two people confirmed deceased in the building, two others injured," said Reno Police Deputy Police Chief Tom Robison.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Gail Powell said the wounded doctor is a woman but she had no more information about the identity of the victims or the gunman, the type of weapon or a motive for the attack. She said the shooting happened at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Neurology of Nevada.

Renown Regional Medical Center was put on lockdown amid the chaos of the shooting as law enforcement rushed to the scene and victims were treated by doctors on the hospital campus. More than three dozen police cars, including SWAT team vehicles, surrounded the sprawling medical complex and closed off a three-block area near downtown Reno.

State Sen. Debbie Smith said she was at Renown for an appointment and was trying to leave a nearby building around 2.45pm (local time) when the shooting occurred.

"I encountered some SWAT team guys, they said nobody was leaving," she said. "A police officer was at the door and said I couldn't go out there."

Gov Brian Sandoval said on Twitter that he and his staff were monitoring the situation and his thoughts and prayers were with those affected by the tragedy.

Renown Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in northern Nevada.

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