A gunman opened fire in a Las Vegas medical facility Thursday injuring four people before he turned the gun on himself, reports the Las Vega Review-Journal.
Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said that around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the gunman, a regular patient at the facility, walked into the Center for Wellness and Pain Care of Las Vegas and tried to get an unscheduled appointment. When he was denied, he grew angry and opened fire inside the building, injuring two employees.
The Las Vegas Fire Department told the newspaper that one person was hospitalized because of injuries she sustained from a fall while trying to flee, and another person was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The two employees that sustained gunshot wounds were taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit. Police said as of 5 p.m. the employees were not in critical condition and are expected to survive.
The gunman died at the scene.
Caitlyn Jones, who was in the office at the time of the shooting, said the shooter pointed his gun directly towards her, but she was able to get away.
“I’ve never heard something that loud in my life. He pointed the gun at me, and I just ran, I got down on the ground and I got out.”
Sammy Alonge, 41, said he was in a patient room when the shooting began. His nurse, who had left the room and stepped into the lobby, was one of the two shot by the gunman.
Alonge said he initially didn’t realize it was gunshots that he was hearing. When he heard the “pop, pop, pop” in succession, he realized there was a shooter in the building.
He attempted to break a window in the room, but he was unable to. He took shelter under a table and waited for the gunfire to stop. He said he heard at least eight shots fired in succession before it died off.
Alonge said that when a woman entered his room a short while later, he thought it was the gunman. But in fact, the woman was there to escort him out of the building, and as he passed through the lobby, he saw the shooter’s body laying on the floor.
Meltzer said that when police arrived at the facility, the scene was quickly contained.
Neville Campbell, the medical director at the wellness center, posted a statement on Facebook describing what he and five others went through during the shooting.
“As we barricaded ourself (with 5 others ) with a wooden desk behind the door in small office , the question of life, meaning and purpose overwhelmed my mind… the existential question of why was almost too much to handle…”
[Feature photo: Facebook]