2 shot at hospital
SUSPECT IDENTIFIED: Two people, including an officer, were hurt this morning in a double shooting inside the Laurens hospital -- IT'S THE 2ND HOSPITAL SHOOTING IN 2 DAYS IN SC.
SLED has identified the suspect as Kevin Boyce Patterson, 27,of Clinton. He is charged with attempted murder, pointing and presenting a firearm, and the kidnapping of his father. He allegedly dragged his father across the emergency room and took aim at him. Patterson was wounded by a Laurens County Memorial Hospital security guard, and Patterson alleged shot the guard, who was hit in the shoulder, treated and released from the hospital.
SLED statement and warrants link:
TODAY, SLED issued a statement that said:
"Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division continue work in their investigation of an incident early Thursday morning at Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital when an officer of the Greenville Health Authority Police Department and another man were shot and wounded during a confrontation.
"SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident. These independent investigations follow SLED's guidance in conducting interviews along with the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence. Interviews are being conducted with the officer and others.
"Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the inbcident will be summarized in a case file report to be submitted to prosecutors.
"This is an ongoing investigation. No other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time. SLED will defer to the Greenville Health Authority Police Department for any information about their officers.
"The incident in Laurens was the 16th officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2019 and the first third year involving an officer of the Greenville Health Authority Police Department. In 2018, there were 43 officer-involved shooting in South Carolina; none involved the Greenville Health Authority Police Department."
No arrest was announced by SLED.
A person inside the hospital receiving treatment began firing about 2 am. A Greenville Health System officer returned fire and both were wounded. Hospital access is restricted, and SLED is investigating.
Conditions of the the wounded people are unknown at this time - federal law limits the amount of information that hospitals can release about people receiving treatment.
It is an active SLED investigation. Prisma Halth, owner of Laurens County Memorial Hospital, has release no statements about the situation.
The incident is not listed on Newsroom on the SLED website.
A witness told WYFF-TV that a nurse pushed her and the witnesses family members into an emergency room bathroom to escape the gunfire. The witness, Jahaza Duncan, told the TV station, "When we first heard it, we weren't sure it was just loud and when the screaming happened we realized what had happened. Clinton is just a tiny little place and we have a little small hospital, so I was very shocked that it happened here and it really doesn't seem real. I think I'm still processing it. I don't know what that is (steps to keep medical personnel safe) - I don't know what the answer is, but it's becoming a major problem. It's schools, it's hospitals. It's malls I mean you don't feel dafe anywhere."
EARLIER, A District 56 statement:
“At approximately 2:15 PM today (April 9), a Clinton High School student reported to a staff member that they viewed a gun in a student’s bookbag while in class.
This was reported immediately to the school administration and school resource officer who began an investigation. A pellet handgun was found in a student’s bookbag as reported. The student was taken into custody by the school resource officer and transported to the Clinton Police Department. Criminal charges and school disciplinary actions will follow pending further investigation.”