Man Opens Fire at St. Vincent's Hospital In Birmingham

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By Jackie Hauser

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WIAT) -- Hospitals are a place where the sick and injured go for help. One floor of St. Vincent's hospital in downtown Birmingham is now the site of a police investigation. 

According to Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department, officers from the city's South Precinct responded to a call about a man with a gun inside the hospital at around 4 a.m. on December 15th.

One officer exchanged gun fire with the man police identified as 38-year-old Jason Letts of Jemison near the 5th floor elevator, the officer was stuck by a bullet. The second officer returned fire striking Letts, two hospital employees where also injured. The victims were transported to UAB hospital for treatment. Their injures are not considered life-threatening. Jason Letts was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police have not released a motive regarding the incident.

At the time of the shooting, Liz Moore, St. Vincent's VP of Marketing and Communications says five cardiac patients were on the floor. They were moved to another hospital. Moore also says for a short time emergency patients were diverted to other locations. 

Sgt. Williams credits quick action by hospital employees and the officers for keeping a bad situation from getting worse. 

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation of the shooting. The Birmingham Police Department's Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Department are also conducting investigations. 

 

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