A disturbing case of sexual assault is under investigation at Western Psych Hospital in Oakland.
It’s been one year since terror struck at Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute when a gunman opened fire. Out of that tragedy, many questions arose. Why did this happen? And could it be prevented from happening again?
The tragic shootings at Western Psych spawned calls for tighter security, and a government-contracted report says the institution has not done enough to protect the 2,000 employees who work there.
The University of Pittsburgh will hire 20 new police officers immediately in an effort to ramp up security after the District Attorney’s review of March’s Western Psych shooting rampage.
Now, sources indicate UPMC will make major changes in security here and on all UPMC campuses. Employees like Katie Bottoms who has worked here for decades call the changes necessary.
A brother and sister, both recently lost to gun violence, were remembered this weekend during a memorial softball tournament in Penn Township.
A local grand jury will investigate the shooting at Western Psych earlier this year where two people died.
A man accused of threatening UPMC employees over the phone will stand trial. Louis Lombardi, of McKees Rocks, will stand trial for harassment, stalking and terroristic threats.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is promising a full investigation following allegations that a county mental health employee refused to admit Western Psych killer John Shick for treatment.
John Shick was mentally ill, angry, seeking revenge and on the wrong medications – a man who needed to be committed to a mental hospital. That’s what a UPMC doctor who felt threatened by Shick believed when he tried to commit Shick for treatment two weeks before the shooting at Western Psych and couldn’t.
When John Shick entered Western Psychiatric Institute earlier this month, he commenced firing within 30 seconds — first hitting a security guard and receptionist at the onset of his rampage.
When John Shick entered Western Psych he was armed with a box of ammunition and two handguns, which were later found by his prone body.
Investigators detailed a series of warning signs that Western Psych gunman John Shick had grown dangerous which they say were ignored.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, two homicide detectives from Pittsburgh are now heading to California to talk with a doctor who may have tried to warn a UPMC doctor about Western Psych shooter John Shick.
One week following the shooting spree at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic that killed one person and injured seven others, UPMC took time to remember.