Officials at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield say no patients were turned away Tuesday evening. That’s despite a lock down brought on by a standoff between police and a man who eventually shot himself and died.
Baystate’s Director of Security, Tom Lynch, says a West Springfield man drove his wife to the hospital around 8 pm Tuesday after shooting her during an argument. He says staff took the gunshot victim into care and alerted police. Lynch says the incident occurred right outside the walk-in entrances for the emergency room, prompting police to cordon off the area. But he says people were still able to enter the hospital throughout the four-hour long standoff.
“The ambulance entrance of the emergency department remained open and we continued to receive ambulances and the patients that were arriving by ambulance. And we were also receiving other people who might have ordinarily have gone through those walk-in entrances,” Lynch says.
Lynch says people near the windows overlooking the cordoned off area were moved to more secure locations, but no patients or visitors were in any danger. Police say the gunman’s wife is in good condition.