Gunfire erupts at Baptist Medical Centre in Florida - Updated
UPDATED: 4:10PM EST - June 20
A woman shot in a triple shooting in the parking garage of Baptist Medical Center late Thursday afternoon died overnight and her 11-year-old son is in serious condition.Police said 68-year-old Jesse Prindle Jr. pulled a gun and shot the woman and their 11-year-old son as they were leaving the hospital. He then shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene.Denise Farve, 49, was transported to the trauma center at Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center. She died overnight.The boy was in serious but stable condition at Baptist. Police have not named the son, but family members identified him as Kai Prindle."I heard three or four shots, and I stopped. Then I heard four or five more, and I turned around and saw security guards and patients going everywhere," said hospital worker Melissa Gaynor.
At least three people have been shot, including one fatally, at Baptist Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida.
More details are pending.
Jacksonville police have not released any details as they investigate the scene, but a secretary at the center told the Times-Union she heard shots about 5:40 p.m. and could see security guards heading to the parking garage toward the emergency room.
The woman, Melissa Gaynor, heard two sets of shots — 3 or 4, then 4 or 5.
Another man who was parking to visit his wife heard a bang, bang, bang. Jack Lynch said he saw a girl being whisked away to the ER as a man’s body remained in the lot. No one was working on him, so he appeared to be dead. Evidently the girl stepped out of the elevator and he shot her, he told the Times-Union. The early speculation is that the man then shot himself.
The garage is below the children and adult emergency area where a ramp goes up to the ER. The hospital is at 800 Prudential Drive on the Southbank.