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2 Dead, 7 Injured In Western Psych Shooting

Hotline Established For Info On Patients - 412-623-7724
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Authorities say two people are dead and seven were injured in a shooting at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Oakland this afternoon.

Emergency officials say the incident happened around 2 p.m. in the lobby of the hospital. Pitt police were able to wound the gunman who later died.

We are learning more details about the shooting victims. The first victim was the receptionist. The 63-year-old woman is in critical condition. She was shot four times. A guard was with her.

Family members tell KDKA she expressed fear before about a situation like this happening.

There were shell casings found on the second floor as well, reportedly.

At least 200 police officers from the University of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and surrounding communities are in Oakland, according to Marty Griffin.

He also reports the gunman may have been using a 9mm gun. Two bodies are still in the building. The bodies are side by side and there were two guns, Marty Griffin is reporting.

Two Pitt police officers were injured. The gunman’s identity has not been released.

According to reports, a Pitt police officer was reportedly grazed in the leg during the gunfire. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

A police officer from the University of Pitsburgh says there will be a news conference this afternoon. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is at the scene.

Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Diane Richard asks that family members of patients at Western Psych should not come to the scene. She says the people who needed to be contacted have been contacted.

Meantime, a hotline has been established for people to find out information about patients and if you left property inside the hospital. For information, call 412-623-7724.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

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